Ashley Judd (born Ashley Tyler Ciminella 19.04.68)
Ashley Judd is a Primetime Emmy Nominated Actress and political activist, best known for her work in 'Heat' (1995) and 'Divergent' (2014).
Net Worth: In 2011, Celebrity Net Worth stated that Ashley Judd had a net worth of 22 million USD.
Childhood: Ashley Judd was born in was born to Naomi Judd and Michael Charles Ciminella in Granada Hills, California. Judd's parents divorced in 1972, and Ashely moved with her mother to Kentucky. Judd studied at 13 schools before attending college. She studied French at the University of Kentucky before driving to Hollywood and studied under Robert Carnegie at Playhouse West.
Career: In 1991, Judd appeared in two episodes of 'Star Trek: The Next Generation'. Between 1991 and 1994, she appeared in the NBC series, 'Sisters' as a recurring character. In 1992, Judd made her début film performance in the movie, 'Kuffs' with Christian Slater. Her starring role came in 1993, with the release of 'Ruby in Paradise'. This performance led to her casting in 'Natural Born Killers', although all of her scenes were cut for the theatrical release. She appeared in multiple films throughout the rest of the 1990s, each achieving modest success. Her movies in the early 2000s failed to perform as well, and suffered from low box office figures. In 2004, Judd earned a Golden Globe nomination for her work in the biopic about Cole Porter, 'De-Lovely'. She also starred in 'Twisted' in the same year - the worst reviewed film of the year, which brought in 10 million USD less than its budget. In 2012, Judd appeared in the ABC series 'Missing'. She was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie. The series was not renewed for a second series, due to low ratings.
Personal Life: In 1999, Judd was engaged to Scottish racing driver, Dario Franchitti, and the couple were married in 2001. Judd refused to have children, stating that "it's unconscionable to breed with the number of children who are starving to death in impoverished countries" in an interview with the Sunday Mail. The couple were divorced in 2013.
With the story set up in the first film, 'Divergent', the sequel, 'Insurgent', is able to focus on the action and character development.
Unless you had read the book, last year's hit 'Divergent' probably left you scratching your head about the story set in post-war Chicago, where people are segmented into factions according to their personalities (Dauntless, Candor, Amity, Erudite and Abnegation), plus the factionless rebels and multi-factioned divergents. Basically it all felt rather contrived, and director Neil Burger's movie had to spend too much time trying to explain how it worked.
Maggie Q and Shailene Woodley in 'Divergent'
Now we move into the second chapter, 'Insurgent', and director Robert Schwentke can just get on with the story, playing down the odd structure of this closed-off city. So it's a much more involving movie that centres on the characters themselves, weaving the action into their personal situations while building a much more urgent sense of suspense up to another cliff-hanger ending. This also lets the female-dominated cast members shine, including Shailene Woodley, Kate Winslet and Naomi Watts, plus Octavia Spencer in a key cameo, and Ashley Judd in recurring flashbacks.
Continue reading: 'Insurgent' Spends More Time On Shailene Woodley And Characterisation
A sharp improvement on the original, this second entry in The Divergent Series has a much stronger sense of its premise and characters, which makes it much more exciting to watch. Where Divergent felt gimmicky and a bit shallow, this chapter pushes the characters much deeper, giving the actors a chance to bring them more engagingly to life, which makes the odd set-up more involving as well.
It picks up immediately where the first film ended, with Tris (Shailene Woodley) escaping from post-apocalyptic, segmented-society Chicago with her boyfriend Four (Theo James), her brother Caleb (Ansel Elgort) and their shifty cohort Peter (Miles Teller). Hiding out in the Amity agricultural community, they know that Erudite leader Janine (Kate Winslet) has sent her goons (Jai Courtney and Mekhi Phifer) to find them. Actually, she needs a divergent to open an artefact from the pre-war days so she can rid Chicago of pesky divergents forever. When their location is discovered, Tris and pals head back into the city, teaming up with factionless leader Joanna (Naomi Watts) and getting help from the head of Candor (Daniel Dae Kim) before going to Erudite to face Janine.
The story has a strong push to it, driving these rebels ever closer to a confrontation with their nasty nemesis, and their journey is fraught with surprise wrinkles, vicious battles and some mind-bending imagery. In fact, there are so many dreams, flashbacks and computer simulations that it's not always clear if what's on screen is actually happening or not. But it all looks so cool that we hang on to discover where it'll go next, so the two hours passes briskly, and sometimes breathlessly. The film looks terrific, as director Robert Schwentke keeps the focus on the characters while creating some amazing effects around them, especially in the simulation sequences.
Continue reading: Insurgent Review
The 'Insurgent' actress received a barrage of abuse after tweeting during a basketball game over the weekend, as has vowed to seek legal redress against those responsible.
Ashley Judd has declared war on Twitter trolls by vowing to press charges against those who recently subjected her to a barrage of abuse over a basketball game.
The 46 year old actress is a big University of Kentucky Wildcats fan, having studied for a French degree there, and received a series of explicit and violent threats after she tweeted that the team’s opponent University of Arkansas was “playing dirty” on Sunday. Speaking to MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts on Monday (March 16), she stated simply “I am pressing charges”.
Ashley Judd has vowed to take on her abusers on Twitter
Continue reading: Ashley Judd Promises To Fight Back Against Twitter Trolls
Ashley Judd - A host of stars were photographed as they attended the premiere of 'The Divergent Series: Insurgent' which was held at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City, New York, United States - Monday 16th March 2015
Ashley Judd, Harry Connick Jr and Morgan Freeman re-team for 'Dolphin Tale 2'.
Dolphin Tale (2011) was huge success for Warner Bros. Not in a massively commercial sense - it took $97 million - but critically, this was considered one of the finest, fun-filled movies in recent years and featured a lovely looking family cast including Harry Connick Jr, Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman.
'Dolphin Tale 2' continues where the original left off
It told the true story of brave dolphin Winter and a band of compassionate group of strangers who banded together to save her life after she is caught in a crab trap.
Continue reading: Impressive 'Dolphin Tale 2' Continues Warner Bros' Unlikely Franchise
Watch the emotional trailer below
Don’t expect anything new from the trailer for Dolphin Tale 2, but expect some heart-warming music, cute kids crying about animals, proud and determined parents and – of course – some plucky dolphins surviving against all odds. This family adventure is back for another round of dolphin tales, which are – again – based on a true story.
Winter the dolphin had his life-saved by Dr. Cameron McCarthy (Morgan Freeman) back in 2011. But now his elderly surrogate mother Panama has passed away, the determined non-fish needs a companion in order to comply with USDA regulations.
'Dolphin Tale' saw Sawyer Nelson and Dr. Clay Haskett save the life of a beached dolphin named Winter who was so badly injured, she needed a special prosthetic fin fitted in order to survive. She was thus housed in the Clearwater Marine Hospital with a motherly dolphin named Panama. However, following Panama's tragic passing, Winter's future could look very lonely indeed unless the staff at the hospital can find her a new friend to share her life with; an action that is stringently required lest she is moved to another aquarium. That's where Hope comes in; an incredibly tiny dolphin who the Clearwater staff have shipped over to join Winter. The question is, is Winter's heartbreak over Panama's death too much to deal with in spite of new company?
Continue: Dolphin Tale 2 Trailer
Teens tackle yet another dystopian future in this well-made but derivative franchise-launcher. Filmmaker Neil Burger is more interested in whizzy visuals and a thorny plot to pay much attention to the characters or larger underlying themes, which leaves the film feeling eerily superficial. So while the film is relatively entertaining, it ultimately feels rather pointless.
The story's set after a war has reduced Chicago to a walled-in enclave of people divided into five stabilising factions: charitable Abnegation, peaceful Amity, honest Candor, defending Dauntless and brainy Erudite. Tris (Shailene Woodley) was born to parents (Ashley Judd and Tony Goldwyn) who are leaders in Abnegation, but when time comes for her to select her own path she discovers that she's Divergent, a cross-faction state that threatens those in power. So she chooses to join Dauntless, entering intense physical training under the tutelage of sexy hunk Four (Theo James) and harsh hunk Eric (Jai Courtney). then Dauntless' soldiers get caught up in a power struggle as Erudite leader Jeanine (Kate Winslet) plots to take governmental responsibilities from Abnegation.
All of this scene-setting takes about half of the film's running time, and it's frankly not very exciting. Burger makes sure it looks fantastic, with seamless visual effects, impressive stunt work and flashy action sequences, but the character drama takes longer to kick off. And there's also the problem that it essentially feels like a cross between The Hunger Games and Harry Potter as an unusually gifted teen takes on a controlling society.
Continue reading: Divergent Review
The 45 year-old actress admits the Scottish racing car driver will "always be my loved one."
American actress Ashley Judd is a single women, but she still holds strong feelings for her estranged husband Dario Franchitti.
The pair became engaged in December 1999 while Franchitti was racing in the Champ Car World Series, and married two years later in 2001.
They decided to mutually separate 11 years later in January 2013, but Judd still hasn't fallen out of love yet.
Continue reading: Ashley Judd Openly Discusses Estranged Husband Dario Franchitti
Shailene Woodley and Kate Winslet stole the show at the 'Divergent' premiere, but which other stars were dressed to impress?
With a cast like that of new blockbuster Divergent it’s not a surprise that the movie’s premiere was packed with stylish stars. The red carpet was swarming with a wealth of designer ensembles, and that’s just from the men! We’ve have a root through all of the fabulous outfits from the evening and picked out the looks that we love the most.
We're in love with Kate's Safiyaa London gown
Kate Winslet may have given birth to her baby boy just three months ago, but you’d never have been able to tell, so fabulous did she look in her floor length red Safiyaa London gown. Bear Blaze has got one yummy mummy, that’s for sure! Kate completed her look with two totally on trend accessories, a metallic gold clutch bag and gold cuff bracelet. This girl knows how to red carpet (she does have a fair bit of experience at it!).