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Josh Hartnett (born 21.7.1978)

Josh Hartnett is an American actor who initially rose to fame following his debut role in a major film production, Halloween H20: 20 Years Later.

Josh Hartnett: Childhood

Josh Hartnett was born and raised in Minnesota, where he lived mainly with his father, Daniel, who was a building manager. His stepmother Molly also lived with them, along with three younger half-sisters and half-brothers, Jack, Joe and Jessica.

Hartnett was raised as a Roman Catholic. He attended the Nativity of Our Lord Catholic school. In eighth grade, he appeared as 'Adam Apple' in a production of Krazy Kamp. When he graduated from that grade school, he attended Cretin-Derham Hall High school and then South High School (in Minneapolis). Josh was a keen footballer at school but was forced to quit when he broke his left knee.

After graduating from high school, Josh Hartnett attended the Conservatory of Theatre Arts and Film, at SUNY Purchase. Whilst studying there, Hartnett worked at a video store to pay his way through his studies.

At the age of 12, Josh Hartnett became a vegetarian. Although he had remained vegetarian since then, he began eating meat again whilst he was filming for The Black Dahlia.

Josh Hartnett: Acting Career

Josh Hartnett made his first screen appearance on the TV show Cracker in 1997. In his early career, he also made a number of stage appearances as well as getting work on national TV adverts.

Hartnett's debut film role was appearing as Jamie Lee Curtis' son in Halloween H20: 20 Years Later. The film was released in 1998 and soon became a box office hit.

Following this debut movie appearance, Josh Hartnett has maintained a steady stream of work. Amongst his most famous films are The Faculty, Black Hawk Down, Pearl Harbour (which also starred Ben Affleck and Jon Voight) and Lucky Number Slevin, which starred Brad Pitt. Hartnett stars alongside Scarlett Johansson in The Black Dahlia. In the film, he plays a detective investigating the murder of the actress Elizabeth Short. The Black Dahlia is based on a true story.

In 2007, Hartnett appeared opposite Samuel L. Jackson in Resurrecting the Champ. That same year, he also starred in the graphic novel-horror flick 30 Days of Night. In the film, he plays the sheriff of a small North American town, trying to defend itself against an unidentified intruder.

In 2008, Hartnett was selected to play Charlie Babbit in a stage adaptation of the Barry Morrow film Rain Man. The play was staged at the Apollo Theatre in London. Adam Godley also stars in the play.

In 1999, Josh Hartnett was named as on of Teen People magazine's '21 Hottest Stars Under 21'. People magazine also selected him in their '50 Most Beautiful People' list in 2002.

In 2008, Hartnett was the star of Emporio Armani's advertising campaign for their fragrance 'Diamonds for Men,' making him the first male to be the face of Giorgio Armani Beauty.



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'Penny Dreadful' Season Three: A New Famous Literary Character Is On The Way


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‘Penny Dreadful’ might have just finished its second season but that doesn't mean fans aren’t already early awaiting the series’ return. While Sunday night’s finale episode might have served up a few shocking moments and one surprise exit, season three already looks to be just as exciting, with the promise of a new character joining the fray.

Penny DreadfulThe cast of Showtime's ‘Penny Dreadful’.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, showrunner John Logan revealed that a famous new character would be joining the series next season, though he was extra careful not to give too much away. “I can tell you this—and this is such a tease,” Logan said.

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Josh Hartnett & Tamsin Egerton Are Expecting Their First Child Together


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Josh Harnett and Tamsin Egerton are going to be parents! A representative for Harnett confirmed the news to multiple media outlets on Thursday (2nd July). The couple have been dating since 2012 and this is their first child together.

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Penny Dreadful Season 2 World Theatrical Premiere

Josh Hartnett and David Nevins - Penny Dreadful Season 2 World Theatrical Premiere at TIFF Bell Lightbox. - Toronto, Canada - Wednesday 22nd April 2015

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Josh Hartnett Talks Turning Down Batman And Saying No To The Wrong People


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Back in the late 90s and early 2000s Josh Hartnett was the man of the moment, after starring in blockbusters Pearl Harbour and Black Hawk Down. But by the mid-2000s the teen heartthrob seemed to disappear from the Hollywood mainstream, after turning down a number of high profile gigs.

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Now Hartnett is back in the spotlight, starring in Showtime series ‘Penny Dreadful’, which begins its second season next month. Speaking to Playboy, the now 36 year old opened up about the early years of his career and if he had any regrets about the roles he turned down.

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Josh Hartnett Shooting Penny Dreadful

Josh Hartnett - Hollywood actor Josh Hartnett on the set of Showtime TV series 'Penny Dreadful' in period dress at Dublin Castle, Dublin, Ireland - 02.02.15. - Dublin, Ireland - Monday 2nd February 2015

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Tamsin Egerton and her boyfriend Josh Hartnett spotted leaving the Dover Street Market in Mayfair

Josh Hartnett and Tamsin Egerton - Tamsin Egerton and her boyfriend Josh Hartnett spotted leaving the Dover Street Market in Mayfair - London, United Kingdom - Friday 19th September 2014

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Josh Hartnett and Tamsin Egerton
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Josh Hartnett and Tamsin Egerton
Josh Hartnett and Tamsin Egerton

'Penny Dreadful' screening

Josh Hartnett - 'Penny Dreadful' screening held at the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel - Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Monday 12th May 2014

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Penny Dreadful screening

Billie Piper, Josh Hartnett, Eva Green and Harry Treadaway - Sky Atlantic's new drama Penny Dreadful screening held at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel - Arrivals. - London, United Kingdom - Monday 12th May 2014

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Josh Hartnett, Eva Green, Billie Piper, Timothy Dalton, Harry Treadaway, Danny Sapani, Rory Kinnear and Sam Mendes
Josh Hartnett, Eva Green, Billie Piper, Timothy Dalton, Harry Treadaway, Danny Sapani, Rory Kinnear and Sam Mendes
Josh Hartnett, Eva Green, Billie Piper, Timothy Dalton, Harry Treadaway, Danny Sapani, Rory Kinnear and Sam Mendes
Josh Hartnett, Eva Green, Billie Piper, Timothy Dalton, Harry Treadaway, Danny Sapani, Rory Kinnear and Sam Mendes

Showtime's "Penny Dreadful" Isn't That Dreadful At All


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Whenever a show or movie tries to make a show out of a mix of gothic literary characters, it usually ends up, rather aptly, a Frankenstein monster of a story – hammy at best, clumsy and unwatchable at worst. But Showtime has been on the ball with it’s sex-and-violence dramas of late, and they’re setting up a pretty compelling story with their new show, Penny Dreadful.

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Eva Green is creepily brilliant as a paranormal expert in the first episode.

So far several familiar faces have made direct or indirect appearances – Victor Frankenstein, Dorian Gray, Mina Harker (nee Murray, of Dracula fame), Jack the Ripper and so on. Then there are the new faces, like Eva Greene’s endlessly enjoyable (and possibly sociopathic) Vanessa Ives, who appears to be the partner of Timothy Dalton’s Sir Malcolm Murray. And she’s about as awesomely creepy as it gets.

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Josh Hartnett's 'Penny Dreadful': Everything You Need To Know Before The 'Showtime' Premiere


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Josh Hartnett returns to television this Sunday in Showtime's ‘Penny Dreadful’, a dark, thrilling horror series which will have you on the edge of your seat. Set in Victorian London ‘Penny Dreadful’ will introduce you to many intriguing characters, plus a few you might have heard of before. As its premiere approaches, here’s everything you need to know about the anything but dreadful new series.

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Josh Hartnett Turned Down Spider-Man, Batman and Superman


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Josh Hartnett is back. Sort of. The 35-year-old, who for a short time was probably the most in-demand actor in the world, traded in his guaranteed blockbusters for low-key indie flicks after admitting he couldn't deal with the fame.

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"I was on the cover of every, magazine," Hartnett, told Details magazine in a new interview, "I couldn't really go anywhere. I didn't feel comfortable in my own skin. I was alone. I didn't trust anyone," the Pearl Harbor actor confessed, "I'm still finding my way through all that."

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August Review


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In Austin Chick's August, Josh Harnett is having a bad day. As pre-9/11 dot-com hotshot Tom Sterling, he's seen his parents and tech wonk brother treating him with contempt, the girl he's pining for giving him the brush-off, and his startup Internet company blowing up in his face. Drinking morosely at a bar (or as morosely as Hartnett can get) he lashes out at a fellow techie bandit who has just returned to the bar with a condemnatory, "Guys like you ain't got no vision, ain't got no passion, ain't got no soul." True enough. Tom is of course talking about himself but also, by extension, Hartnett's performance and Chick's film.

Chick's morality tale (a sort of insipid remake of Force of Evil except with techno sharks instead of gangsters) is all gloss and pizzazz but mostly pizz and no azz. August deals with two brothers, Tom and Josh (Adam Scott), who live large during the dot-com boom of '01, creating an in-the-moment start up called Landshark that is riding the top of the bubble with Joshua as the creative designer of the site and Tom as the obnoxious highfalutin promoter and resident SOB. Much like the World Wide Widget company in the satirical musical How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, there is no explanation given for what Landshark actually does; the company just is. But then it isn't. Soon after the opening credits and five months after its inception, the company is in the toilet and Tom is struggling to keep up the appearance of success for both the company and himself. But as in the Talking Heads song, they are both on the Road to Nowhere and somehow Tom has to come to grips with failure and regain his humanity, while looking out for his brother and his new family.

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Resurrecting the Champ Review


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You could say that young sportswriter Erik Kernan (Josh Harnett) has a greater need for resurrection than the down-for-the-count ex-boxer he wants to write about. That's because, sadly, Kernan hasn't been able to match his dead dad's sharp writing and sterling reputation on the Denver Post. The only thing that makes his professional resurrection possible with his story idea is the passion to tell it, and he's pleading for the assignment.

When Erik first comes upon the man they call "Champ" (Samuel L. Jackson), the homeless resident has just been violently attacked by a small gang of vicious delinquents trying to prove their manhood with an act of cowardice typical of the goons and bullies in this part of town. After suffering their blows, the victim lies nearly helpless on the grounds of his minimal stakeout in a downtown alley. Once more, Champ is down, but this is the life he's accepted and adapted to with stoic resolve.

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30 Days Of Night Review


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30 Days of Night amounts to two hours of missed opportunities.

Director David Slade crams Steve Niles and Ben Templesmith's unusual graphic novel through the modern-horror meat grinder, falling back on tiresome flash cuts, routine audio screeches, and an abundance of artificial gore.

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The Virgin Suicides Review


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The Virgin Suicides is a dark comedy that embodies some twisted views on suburban family life and the true lack innocence of adolescence. First-time writer and director Sofia Coppola, daughter of Godfather creator Francis Ford Coppola, proves to us that she's not really an actress (see The Godfather Part III), but that she does have the family knack for provocative movie directing. The movie is based upon Jeffrey Eugenides' novel, The Virgin Suicides, a detective story about five sisters who mysteriously commit suicide and the investigation by four neighborhood boys who had fallen in love with them. Coppola, however, transforms the movie into her own allegory of five adolescent girls who suffer from ruthlessly suppressed lives, their desperate plea for self-expression, and the tragedy that besets their wretched existence.

Set in the mid-seventies, the plot follows the Lisbon family, with James Woods, a physics teacher at the local high school, as the scatter brained father, and Kathleen Turner as the uncommonly strict mother. Their five daughters are beautiful, naturally blonde, and the desire of every boy in the neighborhood. When the youngest, Cecilia, mysteriously attempts suicide, psychiatrist Danny DeVito recommends that she be allowed to interact more socially, especially with boys. So the Lisbon girls are introduced to the boys of the neighborhood, who have already been watching the girls from afar through half-opened window shades, binoculars, and telescopes. At a party in Cecilia's honor, the boys witness a tragedy that shocks them out of their wits. As a result, the Lisbons fall into a deep suppression shutting out the rest of the world by retreating into their own inner sanctum. It appears they will never recover until Trip Fontaine (Josh Hartnett), the high school heartthrob, pursues the unattainable Lux (Kirsten Dunst). He attempts to ask her to the prom, but the only way her mother will allow him to take Lux is if all the girls go together. For the first time, the girls will venture out of the home to interact socially in an environment other than school.

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