Josh Brolin (born 12.2.1968)
Josh Brolin is an American actor, perhaps best known for his roles in the Academy Award-winning films No Country for Old Men.
Josh Brolin: Childhood
Josh Brolin was born to Jane Cameron Agee and James Brolin in Santa Monica, California. His mother was a wildlife activist and his father an actor. Josh's parents divorced when he was a teenager. His stepmother is the actress and singer, Barbra Streisand. His interest in acting was sparked when he attended an improv acting class whilst at high school.
Josh Brolin: Acting Career
Josh Brolin's acting career started out in TV, where he landed a number of guest spots, before being offered the role of Brand Walsh in The Goonies in 1985. The film also starred the young Corey Feldman and Martha Plimpton.
Brolin was offered the role of Tom Hanson in the TV series 21 Jump Street but he turned down the role, which eventually went to Johnny Depp.
When Brolin's second film, Thrashin' premiered, he was reportedly so put off by his own acting that he stayed away from screen acting for some years. In 1989, however, Brolin returned to the screen, appearing in the Young Riders TV series, along with Stephen Baldwin and Melissa Leo. Josh Brolin then went on to appear in two ill-fated Aaron Spelling productions, Winnetka Road and Mister Sterling.
Brolin's most recognized body of film work begins with role in the Planet Terror part of Quentin Tarantino & Robert Rodriguez's collaborative double-header, Grindhouse. Along with Death Proof, the film starred a number of respected Hollywood figures, such as Kurt Russell, Bruce Willis and Nicolas Cage.
Josh Brolin was then cast in No Country For Old Men, the multi-award winning film directed by the Coen brothers. Also starring in the film were Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones, Kelly Macdonald and Woody Harrelson. The same year, American Gangster was released. Brolin starred alongside Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Ted Levine in the Ridley Scott-directed drama. The film was also notable for its soundtrack, released on Def Jam and featuring the likes of Public Enemy, Bobby Womack and John Lee Hooker.
In 2008, Josh Brolin starred in Milk, opposite Sean Penn and Emile Hirsch. The film earned eight Academy Award nominations. That same year, Brolin starred in Oliver Stone's W, a biopic about the life of George W. Bush. The lead role was played by Brolin, with Elizabeth Banks, Ellen Burstyn and James Cromwell in supporting roles.
Josh Brolin: Personal Life
Josh Brolin married the actress Diane Lane in 2004. He also has two children, Trevor Mansur (b.1988) and Eden (b.1994) from a relationship with the actress Alice Adair.
Eddie Mannix is a fixer who works in Hollywood where he tames celebrities and keeps theirs, and movie studios', secrets out of the press - no matter how big the story. It's not the easiest job in the world, and it's certainly not always the most morally fulfilling, but it's about to get a whole lot harder when one studio, Capitol Pictures, presents him with a major problem the likes of which could be career destroying. They're working on a huge production epic entitled 'Hail, Caesar!' starring Hollywood sensation Baird Whitlock, but things go particularly awry when he is kidnapped and held for ransom by a mysterious group known only as The Future. They want $100,000, and after 24 hours, the studio aren't looking any more hopeful. Mannix enlists a feisty and beautiful female star to procure the money, while Whitlook finds himself in a most unusual situation.
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A rare film that adds up to much more than the sum of its parts, this works as both a dramatic character study and a tense thriller. The title is Mexican slang for "hitman". And with fierce direction, razor-sharp writing and breathtakingly layered performances, this is one of the most involving, thrilling movies of the year. It also has something urgent to say about the political world we live in.
Kate (Emily Blunt) is the leader of an FBI unit in Phoenix, and is taken aback when offbeat Homeland Security agent Matt (Josh Brolin) asks her to join his team tracking a Mexican drug cartel kingpin. She brings her partner (Daniel Kaluuya) along, and they struggle to make sense of their new mission, especially the shady operative Alejandro (Benicio Del Toro) who's working alongside them. The question is which organisation is actually running this operation, and what the real goal is. Clearly international laws are being bent at every step, and Kate is worried that she might also be compromising her moral and ethical principles. Meanwhile over the border, a local cop (Maximiliano Hernandez) is involved in activities that may cause trouble for his family and community.
Director Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners) keeps this story tightly under control, taking the audience along on Kate's odyssey into the dark side of international law enforcement, which has little regard for the law. Blunt brings a remarkable authenticity to her role as a steely, smart leader who is always on-edge, trying to find a way through an unpredictable situation. As she quietly reveals Kate's thought processes, the audience is able to identify with her at every step. Which makes every scene both riveting and emotionally wrenching. Opposite her, both Brolin and Del Toro are on top form, infusing the film with quirky details, black humour and challenging ideas. There's also an astonishing role for Jon Bernthal as a cowboy who flirts with Kate, and then some.
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The stars were certainly put through their paces to succeed at this project.
The new adventure epic Everest dramatises a real-life event from May 1996, when the mountain was packed with climbers just as a freak storm rolled in. Of course, even in ideal conditions, the world's tallest mountain is an enormous challenge. As team leader Rob Hall (played by Jason Clarke) says in the film, "Human beings simply aren't built to function at the cruising altitude of a 747."
Everest tells the true story of mountaineering's most shocking disaster
Clarke was familiar with the story. "I was doing theatre in Sydney in 1996, and during a tech rehearsal it was on the news," he recalls. "By the time I heard about the film, I had read the book and visited base camp as a traveler."
With visually stunning imagery and a solid A-list cast, this film just about transcends its oddly uninvolving story. Based on true events, the scenes are harrowing and emotive, but spreading the story among an ensemble obscured by mountaineering gear and snowstorms makes it difficult to engage with anyone. And the plot-strands that do find emotional resonance feel like they've been manipulated.
In the early 1990s, companies began selling Everest expeditions to wealthy clients, and by the spring of 1996 there were 20 teams of climbers jostling for position on the slopes of the world's highest peak. Kiwi guide Rob (Jason Clarke) opts for a cautious approach with his team, which includes impatient Texan Beck (Josh Brolin), journalist Jon (Michael Kelly) and the nervous Doug (John Hawkes), who only just failed to reach the summit on his previous attempt. Rob's base camp manager Helen (Emily Watson) keeps everything running smoothly and, since the mountain is so overcrowded, Rob coordinates the climb with a rival guide (Jake Gyllenhaal) and his team. On the day of the final ascent, the skies are clear, but delays along the way and an approaching storm threaten the climbers.
Since the is a true story, it's clear from the start that some of these people won't make it home. And Icelandic director Baltasar Kormakur lays on the emotion thickly, with an overly pushy-majestic score by Dario Marianelli and several sentimental phone calls home. Rob's wife is played by Keira Knightley, and you can almost hear the ominous chord when she reveals that she's pregnant. A bit subtler is Beck's interaction with his wife, played with insinuating bitterness by the always terrific Robin Wright. Meanwhile, Clarke's sensitive leader and Brolin's bullheaded alpha male contrast nicely with Gyllenhaal's cool dude, while Sam Worthington is almost lost in the shuffle as a friend who's climbing a neighbouring peak.
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Quite possibly the most ambitious films of the year, Everest tells the true to life tale of the eight people who suddenly found themselves stuck in a blizzard on the mountain whilst attempting to reach the summit.
Jason Clarke & Jake Gyllenhaal talk about a few of the experiences they faced whilst on this unbelievable shoot. The film team travelled to many different locations, including the foothills of Everest and the Italian Alps to try and recreate the surroundings as accurately as possible. Whilst onset the film makers were constantly put in peril, they were told about avalanche warnings and their sets would occasionally be wiped out by unexpected snow movement.
As Jake Gyllenhaal says in the featurette: 'This production and the intensity of making this movie is absolutely extraordinary - it's a site to behold'.
When two different climbing parties set out on the expedition of their lives, they knew there would be dangers; however, no-one could prepare them for the tragedy that was in store. Reaching the summit of Mount Everest in Nepal is every passionate climbers dream, but this isn't a trip to take lightly. Such altitudes and temperatures are not meant to be experienced by human beings as frostbite and altitude sickness are almost inevitable perils, not to mention falling, strong winds and, of course, avalanches. As fate would have it, these climbers are about to run into one of the worst snowstorms ever documented as an earthquake hits the nation and mother nature has no mercy. Victory turns to catastrophe in an event that will change the lives of the survivors.
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Kate Macer is an FBI Agent who's about to undertake probably the most dangerous mission of her career so far. It's not her usual department, but she has been taken on to help in the ever swelling drug war along the border of the US and Mexico. There's a drug lord taking over the sprawling metropolis of El Paso, people are getting killed left right and centre. In order to take him down, a lot of people need to be executed along the way - but Kate's not so sure her task is an entirely moral one when she is forced to pull a gun on nearly everyone who gets in her way. As she doubts the mission and questions the history of Matt, the task force's leader, she starts to understand that they only real assignment she's being faced with is survival - even if that means breaking her own rules.
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Some people get a once in a lifetime chance to make history. Some people, unfortunately end fining themselves part of events that live in infamy. Such is the story of the people who attempted to climb the highest mountain in the world, Mount Everest, in 1996. Their story would later be referred to as the 1996 Mount Everest disaster, as two competing expeditions were caught on the mountain by a horrific storm, leading to the most terrifying events on the mountain until that point. This is the story of those climbers.
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Like the Thomas Pynchon novel it's based on, this film remains infuriatingly evasive as its central mystery deepens. Also like Pynchon, writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson is more interested in characters than plot, expertly orchestrating a lively cast in a series of raucous scenes. That these moments never quite add up to a coherent bigger story may feel unsatisfying, but the groovy 1970s vibe is infectious, and there's a lot of fun to be had in watching these actors play around with the rambling dialogue and nutty interaction.
It's set in 1970 Los Angeles, where private investigator Doc (Joaquin Phoenix) is a stoner who'd rather not work at all. Then he agrees to help his ex-girlfriend Shasta (Katherine Waterston) find her missing property developer boyfriend Mickey (Eric Roberts). But this immediately puts him on a collision course with his long-time nemesis, Detective Bjornsen (James Brolin), a frozen-banana loving tough-guy cop known as Bigfoot. And the deeper Doc gets into the case, the more confusing it gets. Not only is the presumed-dead Coy (Owen Wilson) very much alive, but it's unclear whether a key clue about Golden Fang refers to a boat or a secret dental society. And suspiciously, Doc's DA friend Penny (Reese Witherspoon) always seems to be one step ahead of him on the case.
Anderson opens the film with a blinding flood of information and then simply never allows us to catch up, so like Doc we can't quite get a grip on what's actually going on. This effectively makes us feel as stoned as he is, bewildered by the way even the simplest revelations seem to contradict each other. But even as everything gets increasingly confusing, Anderson writes and directs scenes with a vivid intensity that's both hilariously entertaining and darkly involving. Each sequence carries a powerful punch, giving the superb cast plenty of quirky details to work with.
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But the film is very good
Paul Thomas Anderson directed new comedy-drama Inherent Vice includes a cacophony of famous faces, with Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Benicio Del Toro and Reese Witherspoon just for starters, and comes with an impressive set of positive reviews. Based on the novel of the same name by Thomas Pynchon, the film is centred on Joaquin Phoenix’s character Larry "Doc" Sportello who investigates the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend’s boyfriend.
Josh Brolin's Bigfoot and Joaquin Phoenix's Doc have an interesting relationship in Inherent Vice
But what about Brolin’s character, Detective Christian "Bigfoot" Bjornsen?
Date of birth
12th February, 1968