Edward Norton (born 18.08.1969) Edward Norton is an American actor. Childhood: Edward Norton was born in Boston and grew up in Columbia, Maryland. His parents are Edward Norton, Jr., an environmental lawyer, and Lydia Robinson, an English teacher. He attended Camp Pasquaney in New Hampshire and won the acting cup in 1984. He worked in Osaka, Japan as a consultant in his grandfather's company, Enterprise Community Partners.
Acting Career: Edward Norton moved to New York City to begin his acting career in theatre. His film debut was 1996's 'Primal Fear' alongside Richard Gere. He won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Academy Award. In 1998, he appeared in the gritty neo-Nazi drama 'American History X' alongside Edward Furlong which grossed over $23 million worldwide and earned him another Oscar nomination. He was also in 'Rounders' with Matt Damon. In 1999, he starred in 'Fight Club' with Brad Pitt and Helena Bonham Carter. In 2002, he was in Hannibal Lecter movie 'Red Dragon' opposite Anthony Hopkins and Ralph Fiennes, as well as '25th Hour' with Philip Seymour Hoffman. In 2003, Paramount Studios forced him to appear in 'The Italian Job' to fulfil his contract with them but he refused to promote it. In 2006, he starred in 'Down in the Valley' opposite Evan Rachel Wood and 'The Illusionist' with Jessica Biel. He played The Incredible Hulk in the Marvel Studios film of the same name in 2008. 2010 saw him in 'Stone' alongside Robert De Niro. He plays villain Eric Byer in 2012's 'The Bourne Legacy'. Edward Norton: Personal life Edward Norton has previously dated Courtney Love and Salma Hayek. He got engaged to film producer Shauna Robertson in 2011 with whom he has one son. He has a private pilot license. He is a member of the board of trustees of Enterprise Community Partners which developes affordable housing in his hometown. He supports many environmental causes such as Enterprise's Green Communities Initiative and is a social activist. He is president of the American branch of the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust which he raised money for with a team of runners in the New York City Marathon in 2009 including Alanis Morissette and David Blaine. He was the fastest in his team. In 2012, he participated in the 'England vs. The Rest of the World' match for Soccer Aid alongside Will Ferrell and Woody Harrelson.
Edward Norton - Hollywood's biggest stars were snapped on the red carpet as they arrived for the 87th Annual Oscars awards ceremony which was held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 22nd February 2015
Shauna Robertson and Edward Norton - Celebrities attend 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts with City Hall in Beverly Hills. at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 22nd February 2015
Ed Norton - A host of stars including previous cast members were snapped as they arrived to the Rockerfeller Plaza for Saturday Night Live as it celebrated it's 40th anniversary with a star studded gala in New York, United States - Sunday 15th February 2015
Edward Norton and Shauna Robertson - A host of stars were photographed as they attended the EE British Academy of Film and Television Awards after party which was held at Grosvenor House in London, United Kingdom - Sunday 8th February 2015
The series also boasts an impressive list of executive producers including Brad Pitt and Edward Norton.
HBO has greenlit a new miniseries based on explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark and starring Casey Affleck and Matthias Schoenaerts. The six part miniseries will begin filming in the summer and is due on our screens later this year.
Casey Affleck will star in 'Lewis and Clark'
"In Lewis and Clark, we can see American idealism and the breathtaking natural beauty of the continent, as well as the complexities and tragedies of what came to be known as America's 'manifest destiny,' " said HBO programming president Michael Lombardo.
After a good year for movies and television in 2014, the American Film Institute has honoured the very best that the year had to offer.
For the past fifteen years, the American Film Institute has honoured ten films and ten television shows that truly show off what the year had to offer. 2014 had a particularly good year for films, however, so for the first time, the AFI Awards actually awarded eleven motion pictures with the honouree status. A whole host of celebrities gathered in celebration.
Angelina Jolie at the 15th Annual AFI Awards (Credit Frazer Harrison - Getty Images)
The honoured films consisted of 'American Sniper', 'Birdman', 'Boyhood', 'Foxcatcher', 'The Imitation Game', 'Interstellar', 'Into The Woods', 'Nightcrawler', 'Selma', 'Unbroken' and 'Whiplash'. For the celebration, Academy Award-winning Matthew Mcconaughey ('Interstellar') was seen, along with Ethan Hawke ('Boyhood'). Brad Pitt and Edward Norton ('Birdman') were also seen together, after appearing opposite one another in 1999's 'Fight Club'.
Continue reading: American Film Institute Honours Best Films Of 2014 [Photos]
With an epic Golden Globe awards ceremony set to take place on 11th January 2015, the contenders are taking a little time to relax before the stress kicks in.
With the 72nd Golden Globe Awards set to air on NBC on Sunday 11th January, the residents of Los Angeles are partying the remaining days away in anticipation of the celebration. Before converging on The Beverly Hilton this weekend, members of the casts for 'Birdman', 'Big Eyes' and 'The Hobbit' stopped by the Audi party.
Edward Norton - Best Supporting Actor Nominee (credit Jason Merritt - Getty Images)
Amongst those at the prestigious event were Edward Norton and Naomi Watts, who play the actor/actress couple Mike and Lesley in 'Birdman'. 'Birdman' itself is set to do well at the Golden Globes, as it has been nominated for seven awards, including 'Best Supporting Actor' for Norton. 'Birdman' has also been nominated for 'Best Picture - Musical or Comedy', 'Best Performance in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy', 'Best Supporting Performance in a Motion Picture - Drama, Musical or Comedy' (both actor and actress) and 'Best Director', 'Best Screenplay' and 'Best Original Score'.
Continue reading: Golden Globe Nominees Celebrate At Audi Pre-Event Party [Photos]
'Vice' star Bruce Willis was seen arriving with his wife Emma Heming at the National Board of Review Gala held at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York, alongside a string of Hollywood's biggest superstars. From actors to directors, and even various music stars, this gala definitely seemed to be the celebrity place to be this month.
David Sampliner challenges his masculine identity in a telling documentary.
Edward Norton joins the team of David Sampliner's poignant forthcoming documentary 'My Own Man' as executive producer, as it prepares to air exclusively on Netflix this Spring having premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival last year.
Academy Award nominated actor Norton returns to film production with 'My Own Man', having previously worked on the Primetime Emmy winning documentary 'By the People: The Election of Barack Obama'. This new movie, a Netflix Original Documentary, is a little more personal, detailing the ever changing relationships between fathers and their sons, as it follows director Sampliner's difficult journey into parenthood.
Continue reading: Edward Norton Produced Documentary 'My Own Man' Set To Debut On Netflix
Mexican filmmaker Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu continues to reject traditional narrative structures with this whizzy, ambitious exploration of celebrity, art and commerce. And the clever casting of Michael Keaton adds another layer of meaning to the whole film, which is shot as one long wildly entertaining single take and pointedly subtitled "The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance". Blackly hilarious and darkly emotional, this is an exploration of how show business can push a person to the brink of madness. And maybe knock them over the edge.
Keaton stars as Riggan, once a top movie star known for his three Birdman blockbusters. But he hasn't done anything notable since, and is now trying to reboot his career by directing, adapting and starring in a Broadway play based on a Raymond Chandler story. The problem is that no one will let him escape from the iconic superhero character he's best known for, least of all Birdman himself, who mentally haunts and taunts Riggan at every turn. Meanwhile in the theatre, Riggan locks horns with costar Mike (Edward Nortan), a controlling show-off brought in at the request of lead actress Lesley (Naomi Watts). As opening night approaches, Riggan and his producer-friend Jake (Zach Galifianakis) are also struggling with the demands of high-maintenance costar Laura (Andrea Riseborough), plus distractions from Riggan's daughter-assistant (Emma Stone) and ex-wife (Amy Ryan).
Inarritu and ace cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki tell this story as if it's one continuous snaky shot with the camera following Riggan through the maze-like backstage corridors, into the theatre and out into nearby Times Square streets. The virtuoso filmmaking is simply breathtaking, and it works perfectly because all of the characters are packed with pungent details and fully developed inner lives. The actors find all kinds of quirks that are both hilarious and darkly thoughtful, creating jagged interaction as they cross paths with each other, sparring riotously for attention. Every scene bristles with startling revelations and barbed jabs at the Hollywood system.
Continue reading: Birdman Review
While preparing to film 'The Grand Budapest Hotel', director Wes Anderson and company scouted for locations, finding an abandoned shopping centre which they converted into the lobby of the hotel. The exterior of the hotel was primarily shot through the use of miniatures, as were certain action sequences from the film. The minute detail was continued into the creation of costumes for the extras, as each one was supposedly created to have their own entire backstory. Furthermore, the setting for 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' is the fictional Republic of Zubrowka. This, too, was created in detail, with various passports, newspapers and small businesses that were designed with a tremendous amount of detail.
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With 'Birdman' taking place in and around a theatre, the filming process interesting took on a very theatrical performance style, as the film was shot continuously in one take.
When approaching 'Birdman', director Alejandro González Iñárritu decided that to fully get into the mind-set of his main character, his introspective film would be shot as a continuous piece. Or rather, six continuous pieces that could be stitched together in order to resemble one continuous piece. But when confronted with the monumental task of filming large sections of a motion picture in one sitting, there were certain, fairly obvious challenges to follow even if you had, as actor Michael Keaton describes, "an Academy Award-winning cinematographer who is kind of a genius".
Michael Keaton stars as Riggan Thomas in 'Birdman'
Keaton plays the starring role in 'Birdman', one Riggan Thomson - former superhero movie star, currently attempting to reinvigorate his career by writing, directing and starring in his own Broadway debut. "Everyday was one scene," explained Keaton, "and all the actors were petrified constantly." 'Birdman' boasts a fine cast of actors, including Emma Stone, Edward Norton, Naomi Watts and Zach Galifianakis amongst others, so Keaton's statement has even more resonance.
The cast and crew of 'Birdman' discuss the visionary filming techniques behind the movie in a short featurette. Among them are director, writer and producer Alejandro González Iñárritu, producers John Lesher and James W. Skotchdopole, and stars Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Zach Galifianakis, Andrea Riseborough and Amy Ryan.
Inarritu explains his initial idea of having the audience see the movie through the eyes of main character Riggan Thomas himself, which resulted in a one-take experience that struck fear in the hearts of the cast who, as Emma reveals, constantly had to be switched on in their roles. We also get a glimpse into the semi-hallucination effects that affect Riggan throughout the movie.
'BiRDMAN (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)' is released in UK cinemas on 1st January 2015.
Actor Ed Norton talks about 'Birdman' and how it's "a movie about people inside the trade of entertainment"
With movies and theatre embodying the very essence of escapism, it is a time-honoured idea to set a play or film within the entertainment industry (2011's 'The Artist', for example). This is a chance to play around with ideas and themes often reflected on and behind the screen or stage, or so actor Ed Norton believes. "I think it's always fun when you have a movie about people inside the trade of entertainment," says Norton, "and then you have people who are obviously inside the business themselves and are willing to stick a fork in it a little bit. This is very much in that tradition."
Ed Norton spoke about his role in Birdman
Norton is currently promoting 'Birdman', where he stars alongside Michael Keaton and Emma Stone. 'Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)', tells the story of Riggan (Keaton), an aging actor, best known for his appearance in an old superhero film series. In an attempt to maintain relevance, Riggan adapts a novel for the stage and prepares to make his Broadway debut. From there, the film expands on writer/director Alejandro González Iñárritu's own fears of irrelevance within the entertainment industry.
Date of birth
18th August, 1969