Julia Roberts (28.10.1967)
Julia Roberts is one of America's highest paid actresses and is best known for her roles in films such as Pretty Woman and Erin Brockovich.
Julia Roberts: Childhood
Julia Roberts was born in Crawford Long Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, to Walter Grady Roberts and Betty Lou Motes. Her parents were once actors and playwrights. They also founded the Atlanta Actors and Writers Workshop.
Her parents divorced in 1971 and her father passed away after suffering from cancer, when Julia was 10 years old. Her brother, Eric Roberts and sister, Lisa Roberts Gillan are also actors.
After graduating from Campbell High School, Roberts moved with her sister to New York to enroll in acting classes and signed with the Click modelling agency.
Julia Roberts: Acting Career
Julia Roberts' film debut came in 1989, with two scripted words spoken in the film Blood Red. Her TV debut was a role as a young victim of rape in the Crime Story series with Dennis Farina.
In 1988, Roberts landed a role in the independent film Mystic Pizza as well as featuring in the fourth season of Miami Vice. The next year, she had a role in Steel Magnolias that earned her a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination. The film also starred Shirley MacLaine, Dolly Parton, Daryl Hannah and Sally Field.
Julia Roberts' big break came in 1990 when she was cast in Pretty Woman, after Meg Ryan and Molly Ringwald both turned down the role, opposite Richard Gere. Her performance landed her a second Oscar nomination and the film was a huge global success.
The following year, Roberts starred in another box office success, Sleeping With The Enemy. The psychological thriller also starred Patrick Bergin as her disturbed husband. That same year, she took the role of Tinkerbell in Steven Spielberg's Hook. The film also starred Robin Williams and Dustin Hoffman. 1991 was a busy year for Roberts, as she also starred in Dying Young, with Campbell Scott.
After a brief break, Roberts returned in Robert Altman's The Player in 1992, with a cameo appearance and then in 1993, she co-starred with Denzel Washington in The Pelican Brief. The film was an adaptation of a John Grisham novel and was a huge box office success. 1995 saw Roberts take on a brief appearance in the TV sitcom Friends, which starred Jennifer Aniston and David Schwimmer. In 1996, Roberts starred in Michael Collins, opposite Liam Neeson.
Following a few commercial flops, Julia Roberts returned with Notting Hill, in which she starred opposite Hugh Grant. The film was directed by Richard Curtis and also starred Rhys Ifans and Gina McKee. Later on in 1999, The Runaway Bride was released; a lighthearted comedy in which she was reunited with Richard Gere. That year, she also appeared in Stepmom, a drama that also starred Susan Sarandon but was badly received by film critics.
2001 saw an improvement in Robert's fortune when she won the Best Actress Oscar for her performance as Erin Brockovich in the film of the same name. This was followed with a starring role in Steven Soderbergh's Ocean's Eleven and Ocean's Twelve as well as Full Frontal, Soderbergh's ill-received blurring of fiction and reality in the lives of Hollywood's stars.
Later in 2001, Roberts also worked with her long-time friend Brad Pitt, when they both starred in the gangster road movie The Mexican.
In 2006, Roberts provided her voice for two animated features, The Ant Bully and Charlotte's Web.
Her next traditional feature film was Charlie Wilson's War, starring Tom Hanks and Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Julia Roberts has also undertaken a number of stage roles, including her debut Broadway performance, in Three Days of Rain, with Bradley Cooper and Paul Rudd.
Julia Roberts: Personal Life
Julia Roberts has been romantically linked with a number of high profile actors, including Kiefer Sutherland, Benjamin Bratt, Matthew Perry and Liam Neeson. She was once engaged to Dylan McDermott but the pair never married. She was also engaged to Keifer Sutherland, but broke off the engagement just three days before they were due to wed.
In 1993, Roberts married Lyle Lovett, though the marriage only lasted two years.
In 2002, Roberts re-married, this time to Daniel Moder. The pair have twins, Hazel Patricia and Phinnaeus Walter as well as another son, Henry Daniel.
A sleekly made thriller with a sparky sense of humour, this is also a rare action movie that has something important to say. Centred around the corruption in the political and banking systems, the film is just as enlightening as The Big Short, but it's a lot more fun to watch. And it's directed by Jodie Foster as a sharp media satire that seems to be skimming along the surface but is actually taking no prisoners.
It's set on Wall Street, where TV guru Lee (George Clooney) hosts his financial advice show Money Monster, directed by his long-time friend Patty (Julia Roberts). Then in the middle of a broadcast, Lee is interrupted live on-air by Kyle (Jack O'Connell), who is consumed with anger because Lee's investment suggestion resulted in the loss of his life savings. Kyle's real target is the banking executive Walt (Dominic West), who has blamed the wipe-out of share prices on a computer glitch. But something about that story doesn't hold water. While Kyle threatens Lee live, a media storm develops around them. And Patty digs into the story with the help of hackers in Korea, Iceland and South Africa, feeding information to Lee through his earpiece.
As the situation spirals out of control, Foster maintains a terrific sense of balance between the edgy suspense and the jagged comedy. This works because, even amid the virtual globe-hopping, she keeps the focus tightly on the interaction between Lee, Patty and Kyle. Clooney and Roberts aren't hugely stretched by their roles, but they are able to add likeable moments of subtle revelation and interaction along the way. O'Connell is the heart of the film, with an impassioned performance that's surprisingly moving. And of course it's easy for everyone in the audience to sympathise with Kyle's frustration about a system in which bankers and politicians pocket billions while the average person struggles to keep their head above water.
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Julia Roberts - Actors and celebrities attends the premiere for "Money Monster" at the Palais de Festival for the 69th Cannes Film Festival. at Cannes Film Festival - Cannes, France - Thursday 12th May 2016
Julia Roberts says it is important to have an awareness of social media but insists she isn't worried about not having Twitter or Facebook herself.
Julia Roberts says an awareness of social media is important.
Whilst the 'Notting Hill' star doesn't subscribe to sites like Facebook and Twitter herself, she understands the importance of it.
When asked if she worries about not being engaged with social media, she told the new issue of InStyle magazine: ''What's a good analogy? It's like people talking about a TV show: I can be perfectly aware of the TV show and the story, but it doesn't mean I watch it.
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The Hollywood A-listers, promoting their new movie 'Money Monster', belted out 'Hollaback Girl' with Stefani.
The latest instalment of the viral favourite, broadcast on Wednesday night’s ‘The Late Late Show’ (May 4th), saw Corden pick up 46 year old Stefani and they rattled through both her old and new hits as they drove around Los Angeles.
Firstly, they belted out ‘Don’t Speak’, the anthemic breakthrough hit for Stefani’s former group No Doubt way back in 1997 which was a chart-topper around the world.
Mother's Day is the latest in the series of Garry Marshall's films which include Valentine's Day and New Year's Eve. The film follows a group of families in the run up to mother's day. There's Sandy, a single mom of two boys; Bradley who's a single father looking after his daughters and many more. The thing that connects all the different people in this film is that they're all connected by women - or the lack of.
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It's rare for an American remake to be scruffier than the original, but this film is an intriguingly messier take on the super-slick, hugely engaging 2009 Oscar winner from Argentina. Filmmaker Billy Ray (Captain Phillips) has stripped down the tone and revamped the plot considerably, replacing the original film's big emotional surges with grittier intrigue and subtle intelligence.
The story begins as New York security expert Ray (Chiwetel Ejiofor) returns to Los Angeles, picking up the trail of an unsolved murder he worked on 13 years earlier when he was an FBI agent. His former colleague Jess (Julia Roberts) is still in the FBI, while Claire (Nicole Kidman) is now the city's district attorney. Together, they secretly begin looking into the case again, tracking the suspect (Joe Cole) through the city and dodging interference from fellow agent Reg (Michael Kelly). But the investigation doesn't go as planned, jeopardising all of them in their current jobs. And Ray is having trouble sorting out his relational history with both Jess and Claire.
These three fine actors cleverly play with the delicate tensions both between them and in the larger picture. At the centre, Ejiofor is gripping as a man of conscience who is tenaciously hoping for justice in a seriously murky situation. Kidman adds a slightly cheeky tone as a woman who has achieved professional success but never forgets the dodgy choices she has made. And Roberts gets the showier role, losing all of her Hollywood glamour as the tomboyish Jess, a woman with layer after layer of emotional turmoil. The chemistry between them is fascinating, even if the filmmaking approach feels dry and aloof. But there's so much going on in both the story and characters that it's impossible to look away. Nothing that happens is quite what it seems to be, and the big ideas linger in the background, leaving plenty for us to chew on.
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If you're looking for news on what stocks to buy, you switch on the TV and watch Lee Gate's show - he's the most popular presenter on the Financial News Network and is full of good tips for his viewers but what happens when one the stocks he hypes up mysteriously crashes out it leaves some of his ex-viewers penniless.
Kyle Budwell was one of those people when Kyle believes he has no other option, he takes Lee and his production team hostage live on TV. Between the presenter and his producer (Patty Fenn) they must find a way to satisfy both their captor and the special forces put on standby who are ready to storm the set.
Blake Lively had to clarify some remarks she made about Taylor Swift’s ‘Bad Blood’ music video.
Blake Lively, the 28-year-old Age of Adaline actor and wife of Ryan Reynolds, wasn’t mocking Taylor Swift with her recent Instagram post. Lively posted a picture in which she joked – as she later clarified in good humour – about being part of a music video for John Legend’s cover of Swift single ‘Bad Blood’.
Blake Lively appearing on Good Morning America in Times Square, New York, in April 2015.
Kate Hudson shared a selfie of Jennifer Aniston on Instagram to mark the first day of filming ‘Mother’s Day’.
It’s rare to see Jennifer Aniston on social media so it came as a surprise when her face popped up on Kate Hudson’s Instagram. Hudson managed to grab a selfie with Aniston on the set of Mother’s Day and shared the picture with her 2.1 million followers. The picture appeared to be on the first day of filming as Hudson marked it ‘Day 1’ so we may see more of Aniston on Hudson’s social media as filming progresses.
Jennifer Aniston at the L.A. premiere of She's Funny That Way in August 2015.
Taylor Swift’s squad just got even cooler as Julia Roberts and Joan Baez join team Swift.
Taylor Swift showed off two awesome new additions to her ever growing Swift Squad during her show at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara on Saturday, Hollywood mega-star Julia Roberts and folk legend Joan Baez. The two joined Taylor on stage during the second of her back to back California concerts which also saw appearances from girlgroups Little Mix and Fifth Harmony.
Ray is a dedicated FBI investigator with a crush on his District Attorney supervisor Claire and a close friendship with his partner Jess. However, all those whimsical circumstances are thrown out of the window when a corpse is discovered in a dumpster in LA. Ray discovers that it's the mutilated body of Jess' teenage daughter, and the devastated pair set out on a vengeful mission to find the perpetrator. Unfortunately, the suspect they pick up - of whose guilt they are convinced - they are forced to let go when no solid evidence is found. Thirteen years later, Ray returns with a new lead, having spent every evening since searching through the US prison system for their murderer. But this time, they're thinking of bringing him down their own way.
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28th October, 1967
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