Elijah Wood (born 28.1.1981) Elijah Wood is an American film actor. He began acting as a child and is perhaps best known for his role in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, directed by Peter Jackson.
Childhood: Elijah Wood was born and raised in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He was the second of three children and his mother (Debra) and father (Warren) are delicatessen owners.
Elijah took piano lessons as a child and was cast in his school production of The Sound of Music. The next year, he was also cast as the Wizard of Oz in a play of the same name.
Acting Career: Elijah Wood started out in show business by modeling and appearing in television commercials. His family moved with him to Los Angeles to help him in his career and it was in L.A. that Elijah landed a role in a Paula Abdul video ('Forever Your Girl'). Following this appearance, film work soon turned up for Elijah. He appeared in 1989's Back to the Future II and 1990's Avalon. It was this role that brought Wood his first real taste of public attention and the film was nominated for four Oscars.
Also in 1990, Wood appeared in the Richard Gere film Internal Affairs and landed his first major starring role in Paradise, the 1991 film that also starred Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson. From there, he went on to star in Forever Young with Mel Gibson and Jamie Lee Curtis and in Radio Flyer in 1992.
1993 saw Wood starring alongside Macaulay Culkin in The Good Son, as well as taking the lead role in the Adventures of Huck Finn. The following year, he starred opposite Kevin Costner in The War.
In 1995, Elijah Wood had a role in the music video for The Cranberries' 'Ridiculous Thoughts.' The next year, he starred in Flipper, followed by the significantly more successful Ice Storm, directed by Ang Lee, in 1997. That same year, he starred as The Artful Dodger in Oliver Twist. In 1998, Elijah Wood appeared in two successful blockbusters, Deep Impact and The Faculty, further establishing himself as one of Hollywood's essential star actors.
Elijah Wood was cast as Frodo Baggins in Peter Jackson's adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkein's Lord of the Rings trilogy. The first film in the series, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, was a highly anticipated release and also starred Cate Blanchett, Sean Bean, Orlando Bloom, Liv Tyler and Sir Ian McKellan. After finishing filming in New Zealand, Wood went on to film the crime drama Ash Wednesday. In 2002, he returned to the screen as Frodo in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. Then, in 2003, he completed the final installment in the trilogy, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.
Elijah Wood's first major role following the Lord of the Rings films was in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, alongside Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet. He then went on to play a serial killer in Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller's adaptation of Sin City. The film also stared Mickey Rourke.
In 2005, Wood also starred in two critically acclaimed, if not widely well-known films. The first was Everything is Illuminated and the second is Green Street Hooligans.
Elijah went on to provide the voice for Mumble, a penguin who can tap dance, in Happy Feet. The film received a Golden Globe nomination and won an Oscar for Best Animated Feature.
2008 saw Elijah Wood star in The Oxford Murders, an adaptation of a Guillermo Martinez novel.
Other Ventures: In 2005, Elijah Wood set up his own record label, named Simian Records. The following year, he signed The Apples in Stereo and released their album New Magnetic Wonder. The label also signed a band named Heloise and the Savoir Faire.
Elijah also appeared on an album released by his fellow Lord of the Rings star, Viggo Mortensen. Wood sang and played a number of instruments on the album, which is entitled pandemoniumfromamerica.
Elijah Wood - A variety of stars were snapped as they arrived for the Art of Elysium's 8th Annual Heaven Gala held which was held at Hangar 8 in Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 11th January 2015
Elijah Wood - Shots of the stars of the third in the Hobbit trilogy 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies'as they arrive at the Los Angeles premiere which was held at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 9th December 2014
Billy Boyd, Orlando Bloom and Elijah Wood - Photographs from the red carpet at the Los Angeles premiere of the third movie in the Hobbit trilogy "The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies" which was held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California, United States - Wednesday 10th December 2014
New York - the 1950s. A young and aspiring American poet, John Malcolm Brinnin (Elijah Wood), takes it upon himself to wrangle his favourite poet and bring him back for a performance in the United States. The poet in question, is a lyrically powerful, yet over-the-top hell raising Dylan Thomas (Celyn Jones). As Brinnin battles against the powerful and abrasive Thomas, his idolisation for the man falters. That is, until he steadily starts to understand what is truly going on inside the head of the poet. When the two men are finally on the same page, everything begins to become clearer for Brinnin; despite his ordinary world being totally shaken up by this new addition.
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Spanish director Eugenio Mira combines slick filmmaking with a dark and nasty plot as this fast-paced thriller unfolds almost in real time. So even if the premise doesn't quite stand up to scrutiny, it's packed with characters and twists that keep the audience glued to the screen as the mystery charges inexorably forward. Suspense comes in some gruesome surprises along the way, as well as in the actors' urgent performances.
The film opens as Tom (Elijah Wood) heads to Chicago for his first piano performance in five years, organised by his movie-star wife Emma (Kerry Bishe). She's even flown in the custom piano owned by Tom's late mentor, whose fortune mysteriously vanished after he died (cue an ominous chord!). Despite enormous pressure from the press and his fans, Tom is quietly confident about his long-awaited return to the stage. An old friend (Don McManus) is conducting tonight, and his assistant (Alex Winter) has everything under control. Then just as he begins to play Tom sees words in red ink on his score: "Play one note wrong and you die!" Using an earpiece and a laser gunsight, an angry fan (John Cusack) leads Tom on a wild cat-and-mouse game right through the performance.
Yes, the idea is pretty preposterous, and not just because Tom can play outrageously complicated pieces note-perfect while a maniac shouts in his ear. Tom even manages to make phone calls and send text messages while playing, darting off-stage to crank up suspense along the way. The main threat is against his wife, whose demanding friend (Tamsin Egerton) and her browbeaten husband (Allen Leech) also get involved in the mayhem, which no one else in the theatre seems to notice until the over-the-top finale. But through all of this, Mira directs with a Hitchcockian grip on the suspense, deploying gallows humour, sweeping camerawork, dramatic music and complex long takes tighten the screws.
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