Emile Davenport Hirsch (born 13.3.1985) Emile Hirsch is an American television and film actor known for his recent collaborations with Academy Award and AFI award winner Sean Penn. Hirsch has also been acknowledged for his multiple, supporting television roles on series such as: 3rd Rock from the Son, NYPD Blue and ER.
Childhood: Emile was born in Topanga, California to parents, Margaret Esther, a visual artist who designed pop-up books and David. M. Hirsch, a producer, and industrial consultant. Emile was the younger of two children and links his acting career back to his musical theatre loving sister, Jenny who is said to have introduced him to acting when they were at the Will Geer Theatricum, a summer drama camp in Topanga. Emile was raised in Los Angeles and attended Topanga Canyon Elementary School, Paul Revere Middle School and the Academy of Music at Alexander Hamilton High School before moving to Santa Fe, New Mexico where he lived with his mother after his parents divorced.
Acting Career: Hirsch began acting when he was eight years old, appearing as a minor role credited role as 'dying boy' in the episode 'Romeo and Juliet' of Kindred: The Embrace based on the White-Wolf role playing game. Hirsch also appeared in 3rd Rock from the Sun, Early Addition and Players. Hirsch made his first feature television film role in Gargantua, starring Adam Baldwin. The film was nominated for 1999 ALMA award. Hirsch continued to act in minor television roles such as Houdini starring Johnathon Schaech and co-starring Mark Ruffalo as well as appearing in Two of a Kind (1999), Sabrina the Teenage Witch (1999), Promised Land (1999), The Pretender (1999) and Profiler (1999) before appearing as Marcello Parisi in NYPDC Blue which lead to a two episode role on Emmy Award winning ER as Chad Kottmeier.
Hirsch made his first feature film appearance alongside Academy Award winner Jodie Foster in, The Dangerous Lives of Alter Boys. The film followed a group of Catholic school friends who planned to perform an outrageous prank that would make them local legends. The film won two awards for Best New Filmmaker and Best First Feature Film as well as receiving positive critical reviews. Hirsch continued to play a student in The Emperor's Club based on the short story 'The Palace Thief' alongside Kevin Kline (The Ice Storm). Hirsch was nominated for a Young Artist Award despite the films mixed reviews. In 2003 Hirsch starred in independent film, The Mudge Boy which received critical success for which Hirsch was praised for his role as Duncan Mudge. Hirsch was cast in first mainstream role in teen, comedy romance The Girl Next Door. The film received mainstream critical applause and wider recognition among teenage viewers. Hirsch was nominated for 'Best Kiss' at the 2005 MTV awards. Hirsch was then part of an all-star cast including: Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Williams and Jeff Daniels in Imaginary Heroes. The film was a mysterious drama about a dysfunctional family and displayed Emile In a new more diverse role. Hirsch worked with box office hit director Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight, Red Riding Hood) in an early cult hit, Lords of Dogtown about the surf and skateboarding movements in the 1970's. Hirsch worked alongside Heath Ledger and received critical praise for his role as Jay. Hirsch then continued to act through feature film Drama's such as Alpha Dog (2006) and The Air I Breathe (2007) before being cast in the biopic about controversial character Christopher McCandless in Sean Penn's, Into The Wild. Hirsch went through physical training and conditioning, in order to lose 40 pounds for the role and prepare him for the harsh and dangerous conditions which he would have to face during filming. Hirsch was critically acknowledged for his role and was noted as a potential Academy Award nomination as well as received a Screen Actors Guild nomination for his role. Hirsch won the Rising Star Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival and Best Actor at the Mill Valley Film Festival Award. Hirsch was cast as lead actor, Speed in Speed Racer. The film followed Speed, a young man who aspires to be champion of the racing world with help from his family and his high-tech Mach 5 automobile. Hirsch watched every previous episode of Speed Racer and went to Lowe's Motor Speedway, where he met and got advice from race car driver Jimmy Johnson in order to prepare for his role. The film received a mixed response and performed poorly at the box office. Hirsch co-starred alongside previous director Sean Penn in Milk, a biopic about Harvey Milk, California's first openly gay elected official. The film was won two Academy Awards as well as being listed for Best Film at the AFI awards 2009. Hirsch had a supporting role in Taking Woodstock before co-starring alongside Matthew McConaughey in 2011's Killer Joe. The film was a critical success obtaining six Saturn Award nominations. Hirsch starred in $30 million budget Sci-Fi The Darkest Hour, receiving negative public and critical reviews before appeared in Savages, written and directed by controversial figure Oliver Stone. The film received a mixed response despite its box office success. Hirsch co-starred with Penelope Cruiz in Italian film Twice Born (Original Name: Venuto al mondo). The film followed a single mother bringing her teenage son to Sarajevo, where his father died in the Bosnian conflict years ago. The film received a positive response despite its limited screenings. Hirsch continued to star in Italian film The Motel Life before acting in the Bonnie and Clyde miniseries alongside Desmond Phillips and Sarah Hyland. Hirsch starred alongside Paul Rudd in Prince Avalanche (recently screened at Sundance Film Festival) - a comedy drama about two highway road workers who find the isolated landscape turns out to be a misadventure away from their city lives.
Personal Life: Hirsch participated in 'Summit on the Summit' an expedition to the top of top of Mount Kilimanjaro to raise awareness for the need of clean water. Hirsch has also volunteered to go to Congo as part of the organisation Oxfam, in order to raise awareness about the situation concerning war and lack of medical treatment and essentials.
Emile Hirsch appeared in a Utah court on Monday (17th August) and, after pleading guilty to assaulting a female movie executive, was sentenced to 15 days jail time, a fine and community service.
Emile Hirsch has pleaded guilty to the assault of a woman at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2015. The 30-year-old actor has reportedly been sentenced to 15 days in prison and 50 hours of community service. He will also have to pay a $4,750 fine.
Emile Hirsch at the 4th Annual Critics' Choice Television Awards in L.A. in June 2014.
Emile Hirsch apparently put a prominent female movie executive in a head lock.
Emile Hirsch, the Hollywood actor known for Lone Survivor and Into the Wild, has been charged with felony assault for allegedly choking a female film executive at the Sundance Film Festival last month. The woman, Dani Bernfeld, works for Paramount Pictures as vice president of digital entertainment.
Emile Hirsch could be in a lot of trouble
According to court documents, the incident took place at the Tao nightclub in Park City, Utah on January 25. Bernfeld was reportedly approached by Hirsch at around 3.15am. The actor asked her why she looked "so tough" and said she was a "rich kid" who should not be at Sundance. Appearing to be intoxicated, Hirsch grabbed Bernfeld before she pushed him away.
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The 29-year-old actor is facing up to five years in prison after he reportedly choked out a female film executive while intoxicated at the Sundance Film Festival.
American actor Emile Hirsch has been charged with felony assault after he reportedly put a chokehold on a female Hollywood executive while partying at the Sundance Film Festival towards the end of last month.
Hirsch has been chared with felony assault
The incident took place during the early hours on January 25th in Tao nightclub in Park City, Utah. Daniele Bernfeld, who is an executive at Paramount Pictures, has claimed that Hirsch "pulled her across the table and onto the floor" and landed on top of her, TMZ reports. The 29-year-old actor then put his hands around her throat and began to choke her.
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Happy 30th Birthday to The Sundance Film Festival! A whole host of stars and celebrities flocked to have their pictures taken at Sundance.
The Sundance Film Festival is currently in full swing, having begun on 22nd January, and wrapping up on 1st February. This year, something particularly special is in the air at Salt Lake City, as the festival is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. That's right, the Sundance Film Festival has been running for 30 years! Starting out back in 1985, Sundance screened 86 films with the help of 13 staff members. Last year, the festival showcased 186 films of 12,218 that were submitted. That sort of growth has helped Sundance become one of the biggest independent film festivals in, not only North America, by the world.
Kevin Bacon at The Sundance Film Festival, 2015 (Credit: Larry Busacca - Getty Images)
This year, 54 first-time filmmakers are having their films premiered at the festival, but there are plenty of well-known faces there, as well, as 200 films are being shown this year for the monumental anniversary. For the 12th year running, The Village at the Lift has been set up in Park City with a café, restaurant, nightclub and photo studio. And this photo studio has seen a host of celebrities for the festival flocking in to pose for pictures in promotion for their various films, taken by Larry Busacca.
Legendary skateboarder Jay Adams has died.
Jay Adams, the legendary skateboarder and one of the original members of 1970s skate gang Z-Boys has died at the age of 53 of a heart attack. He was immortalised in film by the 2005 film Lords of Dogtown, starring Heath Ledger, in which he was portrayed by Emile Hirsch.
Emile Hirsch played Adams in a 2005 biographical film
Adams was on a surfing holiday in Mexico with his family at the time of his death, having been unable to leave the country for some time prior due to his trouble with the law. Adams had struggled with drug addiction for many years and had served three seperate prison sentences, two for drugs offences and one for assault. According to reports Adams had no history of heart problems.
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There's a lovely simplicity to this quietly unnerving story about two brothers who have never had a break in life. And while it is relentlessly grim, it's also elegantly well-made, held together by another revelatory performance from Emile Hirsch as a talented guy whose path has been dictated to him by forces outside his control.
The title refers to the way two brothers have lived since their mother died: in a sleazy motel just off the strip in Reno. Frank (Hirsch) has had to be the responsible one, moving from job to job to support his chaotic, disabled older brother Jerry Lee (Stephen Dorff). And now that Jerry Lee has been involved in a fatal hit-and-run accident, Frank is trying to find a way to get out of town. He turns to his old car-dealer mentor (Kris Kristofferson) for advice and considers getting in touch with his ex Annie (Dakota Fanning), even though their relationship ended very badly. But first he hits the casinos to raise some cash with his pals (Joshua Leonard and Noah Harpster).
Sibling filmmakers Alan and Gabe Polsky give the movie a darkly introspective tone, taking us into Frank's thoughts through evocative flashbacks to the brothers' struggles as teens (played by Andrew Lee and Garrett Backstrom). And as Frank tells Jerry Lee stories to help him cope with life, these tales fill the screen in gorgeous sketch-style animation that matches Jerry Lee's artistic skills. All of this gives the film a quietly moving tone that finds spiky humour and emotional resonance when we least expect it.
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When Gemma was a young student from Italy, all she wanted was excitement and adventure in her life. She travels to the Bosnian city of Sarajevo where she meets a handsome American stranger called Diego with whom she begins a wildly passionate love affair. Diego is desperate to have children, while Gemma finds herself wishing for a child just like him, but their relationship is tested by a prolonged fertility struggle. When she finally manages to conceive, they face mortal danger when the Balkan war arrives in the city. Gemma and her newly born son Pietro are forced to retreat back to Italy, while Diego remains in Bosnia and subsequently loses his life. Now a teenager, Pietro must learn about what happened with his father as the mother and son return to that fateful city. However, they soon find themselves uncovering some disturbing secrets.
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Bad reviews? Pah! ‘Lone Survivor’ storms its first weekend.
Lone Survivor has triumphed in its first weekend of release to rise to the top of the US and Canadian box office. The war movie, which stars Mark Wahlberg, has defied critics in topping the weekend's movie theaters, dislodging the No.1 place stalwart Frozen and earning $38.5 million, exceeding the $26 million prediction.
Mark Wahlberg's New Movie Has Shot To The Top Of The North American Box Office.
Based on a memoir written by Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, the movie opened on a crowded weekend that launched other eagerly anticipated films such as Her and The Legend of Hercules. The film accomplished the impressive task of dethroning Frozen, a film that saw off competition from Anchorman 2, The Hobbit 2 and American Hustle.
The title kind of gives away the ending of this harrowing true story, which is worth a look despite its tendency to exaggerate the heroics. But it's also an unusually well-made military thriller that throws us right into the middle of the chaos with visceral filmmaking. And it's impossible to miss the point that these men rely on each other every moment of every day: they certainly can't survive alone.
The events take place in 2005 Afghanistan, where a Navy Seal team is sent into the mountains to find a feared Taliban leader (Azami). These men are like brothers, with Marcus (Wahlberg) leading Mike, Matt and Danny (Kitsch, Foster and Hirsch), under the command of Erik (Bana) back at the base. As they head out on their mission, everything goes to plan until they run into a group of innocent goatherds. Letting them go will compromise their mission, but it's clearly the right thing to do. And this decision sparks an escalating situation that seems increasingly hopeless.
From the very start, we know these Seals aren't normal soldiers: they undergo especially gruelling training and then bond tightly as colleagues, relying on their ruggedness, tenacity and camaraderie. Which of course allows writer-director Berg to portray them as superheroes. This is a problem, because it reduces the Afghans to faceless, murderous villains, at least until the much more complex final act in which an entire village risks its life to save an injured American soldier. And this strikingly moving sequence is the one we remember much more than the chest-pounding patriotism.
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Emile Hirsch stars alongside Holliday Grainger in this three network TV event.
The weekend saw an exclusive launch event for the new and innovative A&E television drama, Bonnie & Clyde. The two-part, four hour movie event - not quite a miniseries - stars Emile Hirsch ('Into The Wild') and newcomer Holliday Grainger as the titular bandits who earned notoriety during the Great Depression in the USA.
'Bonnie & Clyde' Is First Three-Network Premiere.
At a glance, the drama looks achingly stylish as the pair show that not only do they know how to rob a bank, but understand the importance of dressing well. Though history remembers the couple through a glamorised Hollywood lens, the pair were dangerous criminals who murdered and stole during one of the toughest eras of American history.
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