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Mark Ruffalo (born 22.11.1967) Mark Ruffalo is an American actor, director, screenwriter and producer.
Childhood: Mark Ruffalo was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin, to Marie Rose and Frank Lawrence Ruffalo Jr. His mother was a hairdresser and his father was a construction worker. Mark was raised as a Roman Catholic and attended Catholic school, as did his two sisters Tania and Nicole and brother Scott.
As a teenager, Mark Ruffalo was raised in Virginia Beach, Virginia and he graduated from First Colonial High School, before moving with his family to San Diego, then Los Angeles.
Whilst in Los Angeles, Ruffalo took classes at the Stella Adler Conservatory, which counts Marlon Brando, Warren Beatty and Robert de Niro amongst its alumni. He went on to form the Orpheus Theatre Company.
Acting Career: In the late 1990s, Mark Ruffalo had a number of small film roles, in productions such as The Dentist, an American horror film, 1998's Safe Men, starring Sam Rockwell. In 1999, he landed a role in Ang Lee's Civil War Western, Ride with the Devil.
After collaborating with the writer Kenneth Lonergan, Ruffalo eventually ended up playing the role of Terry, alongside Laura Linney in Lonergan's Oscar-nominated film You Can Count on Me in 2000.
The success of this role led to a number of others, including the lead in XX/XY along with Kathleen Robertson and a role opposite Sarah Polley in My Life Without Me. In 2003, Ruffalo starred in In The Cut, alongside Meg Ryan and then took a role the following year in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, which starred Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet and Kirsten Dunst.
2004 saw Ruffalo starring alongside Tom Cruise in the Michael Mann thriller Collateral. The film also featured Jamie Foxx. After his work in Collateral, Ruffalo went on to star in a number of more light-hearted 'chick-flicks', such as 2005's Just Like Heaven, with Reese Witherspoon and Jon Heder.
Returning to theatre, Mark Ruffalo starred in the 2006 production of Awake and Sing at New York's Belasco Theatre. His performance earned him a Tony Award nomination.
In 2007, Mark Ruffalo appeared as the SFPD homicide inspector Dave Toschi in Zodiac, along with Jake Gyllenhaal and Robert Downey Jr. That same year, Ruffalo starred in Reservation Road with Joaquin Phoenix. Ruffalo's next major role was to play a con man in The Brothers Bloom, along with Rachel Weisz and Adrien Brody. This was followed by a brief role in Spike Jonze's Where The Wild Things Are, which featured a soundtrack by Karen O of the band Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
In 2010, Mark Ruffalo co-starred in Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island, along with Leonardo Dicaprio and Michelle Williams. Later that year, he starred in The Kids are Alright, with Julianne Moore and Annette Bening.
Personal Life: Mark Ruffalo was diagnosed with a benign brain tumour in 2002. As a result of the tumour, he briefly suffered a period of partial facial paralysis.
Mark Ruffalo's brother, Scott, was shot dead in Beverley Hills in 2008.
In 2000, Mark Ruffalo married the French-American actress Sunrise Coigney. They have three children together: son Keene and daughters Bella Noche and Odette.
Ruffalo, an executive producer on 'Anything', defended Bomer's casting as a transgender sex worker amid recent backlash from the LGBT community.
Mark Ruffalo has taken to social media in order to respond to the critical backlash over the casting of Matt Bomer as a transgender sex worker in the upcoming movie Anything, of which Ruffalo is an executive producer.
The 48 year old actor defended Bomer’s involvement with the project, although he said he was “glad” that the issue of the casting was being raised. According to a report in Variety, Bomer’s character will befriend a suicidal man, played by John Carroll Lynch.
“To the Trans community. I hear you. It’s wrenching to see you in this pain. I am glad we are having this conversation. It’s time,” he tweeted on Wednesday (August 31st).
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While the original 2013 magical caper was a big hit, it's style-over-substance approach didn't exactly scream out for a follow-up. But here we are, with go-to sequel man Jon M. Chu at the helm (he also directed the second Step Up and G.I. Joe movies). Most of the high-octane cast is back for more trickery, but the plot is even murkier this time.
Since their last whiz-bang stunt, the Four Horsemen have been laying low. Their leader Dylan (Mark Ruffalo) continues to work in the FBI, helping Daniel, Merrit and Jack (Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson and Dave Franco) plot their next caper, now joined by quirky illusionist Lula (Lizzy Caplan). Their latest project is to expose corruption at a New York conglomerate, but the stunt is ambushed, and the quartet mysteriously finds themselves in Macau, coerced by a tech genius (Daniel Radcliffe) into staging an elaborate heist. Meanwhile, Dylan's cover is blown, so he teams up with veteran Thaddeus (Morgan Freeman) and heads to Macau himself, chased by his FBI boss (Sanaa Latham). And it all goes down in London.
The round-the-world plot gives the movie some very cool locations, and the plot races so quickly that most audiences won't notice that it makes virtually no logical sense at all. There are flashy distractions at every turn, from sleight of hand to vanishing acts to gross-out gags to enormous double-bluffs, and all of this is thoroughly entertaining even if the script itself feels strangely incomplete. Most sequences tend to end before they get to the point, while action scenes are choppy and incoherent. The only set-piece that works is the kinetic central heist, which hinges on a rapidly flung playing card. But even though it's uneven and clunky, the film remains entertaining simply because of the magical shenanigans and snarky dialogue.
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The Four Horsemen aren't just magicians; they're illusionists with an agenda. Their initial stunt was so spectacular that no one saw it coming - especially Arthur Tressler, a very wealthy businessman who owns multiple businesses including an insurance firm.
It's been a year since The Four Horsemen performed their spectacular stunt which saw them send Thaddeus Bradley to prison and Tressler almost bankrupt. Now the team are back with another target in their sights - this time they plan on targeting a crooked tech magnate but before they get chance to fulfil their new illusion, they group find themselves in unknown surroundings with little knowledge of how they arrived.
With their reputations on the line, the four magicians must pull off their biggest trick of all in order to save their name whilst also exposing the puppet master pulling all the strings from above.
This film demonstrates that you don't need guns to make an exciting thriller. Based on a true story, this is a journalistic procedural following a team of newspaper writers who take on a corrupt system. The outcome is well-known (they won a Pulitzer Prize and launched the global investigation into child abuse by Catholic priests), but the film is still utterly riveting, beautifully written and played to perfection.
In 2001, the Boston Globe's investigative Spotlight team is working to report the biggest stories in the city. So newly arrived senior editor Marty (Liev Schreiber) asks them to find out if there's truth to rumours that the local Catholic Archdiocese is covering up abuse. But he's unaware that the church controls the city, and the Spotlight writers (Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams and Brian d'Arcy James) quickly encounter heavy resistance from the establishment. As they persistently dig deeper, they realise that the story is exponentially bigger than anyone thought it was. Two lawyers (Stanley Tucci and Billy Crudup) prove to be crucial in this process, as the team works to prove that the Cardinal (Len Cariou) has been covering up abuse for decades.
Cleverly, writer Josh Singer and writer-director Tom McCarthy never play this story for its salacious details. Instead, they focus on the people involved, which gives the film a strong sense of what's at stake here and the urgency of getting the story exactly right. It's a rare movie that can maintain this balance, gripping the audience and building suspense without ever tipping over into sensationalism. And the filmmakers bring out some strong emotional resonance in sensitive conversations between the journalists and the victims. All of this is expertly played by actors who stir in personal details without letting their characters' side-stories interfere with the larger narrative. They also resist the temptation to overplay the material, letting the facts of the case provide every gut-punch.
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Rich Cline picks out his top films of 2015.
There were some nice surprises in cinemas this year, with thoughtful thrillers, quality blockbusters, exhilarating franchise reboots and twists on familiar genres...
10. A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night
An Iranian vampire movie shot in California, this super-cool black and white comedy-thriller is witty, scary and sexy. It's also so original that it takes the breath away.
9. Inside Out
Pixar triumphs again with this inventive look inside the mind of a young girl struggling with her emotions. It's colourful, hilariously silly and also the kind of movie that can make grown men cry.
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The two actors sneakily attended Comic-Con in New York this weekend and fans were non the wiser.
Jared Leto and Mark Ruffalo found the perfect way to roam the floors of New York Comic-Con this weekend, donning some extravagant disguises which rendered them completely unrecognisable. Both actors then shared pics of their new looks on social media, posing with fans who had no idea they’d just met two Hollywood stars.
Rachel McAdams will star opposite Benedict Cumberbatch in ‘Doctor Strange’.
Rachel McAdams has joined the cast of Doctor Strange. The 36-year-old Canadian born actor, best known for her roles in The Notebook and True Detective, confirmed her casting whilst appearing at the Toronto International Film Festival on Monday (14th September).
Rachel McAdams at the New York premiere of Southpaw in July 2015.
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Get ready for the likes of 'Everest', 'The Danish Girl' and 'Black Mass'.
With the Venice Film Festival kicking off this week, awards season is officially underway. Venice has been the launchpad for a number of films that have gone on to Oscar glory. Last year, the opening night film was Birdman, and the year before it was Gravity. So there are big hopes for this year's opener, the true-life thriller Everest, directed by Icelandic filmmaker Baltasar Kormakur with an ensemble cast including Jake Gyllenhaal, Robin Wright, Emily Watson and Jason Clarke.
Jake Gyllenhaal stars in true story disaster thriller 'Everest'
And anticipation is running even higher for a number of other movies. Venice is hosting the premiere of The Danish Girl, the true story of one of the world's first-known transgender women, played by Eddie Redmayne. Can he win back-to-back Oscars? This week's new poster and trailer are very promising.
Continue reading: Awards Season Kicks Off With Venice Film Festival 2015
Michael Rezendes is a dedicted reporter for the Boston Globe and part of their Spotlight Team; an investigative division focused on justice and whistle-blowing. When accusations of child sex abuse by members of the Catholic Church arise, he leads the team into their latest case, determined to uncover the truth about a morally questionable priest and his scandalous activities across six different parishes over the course of several decades. It is alleged that the church knew what was going on, but chose not to act and hold their reputation above the welfare of their children. Not only that, but past statements from attorneys don't appear to add up and a delicate battle ensues with the government and police all getting involved as the Boston Globe take on the church. There's a large team at the newspaper working on bringing this case into the open once and for all, and they refuse to let these atrocities be swept under the rug another time.
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Love and family can be a difficult thing to manage. For Cam Stuart (Mark Ruffalo), it's especially hard, as he suffers from Bipolar disorder. His wife, Maggie (Zoe Saldana) is moving to New York to pursue her career, and the two work out a deal. Cam can't face the idea of living without his children, but also can't move with her, so he chooses to look after the children by himself.
What follows is the redemptive story, of how a man can face his demons, and prove himself to the people he loves the most. Written and directed by Maya Forbes in her directorial debut, 'Infinity Polar Bear' serves as the semi-biographical story of Forbes. The film went into principle photography on 9th April 2013 in Providence, Rhode Island, with J. J. Abrams and Bryan Burk serving as executive producers.
The film saw it's premiere at Sundance Film Festival on 18th January 2014, before opening at the Toronto International Film Festival on 10th September the same year. Following an appearance at the Los Angeles Film Festival on 14th June 2015, the film is set to be released in the US on 19th June 2015.
Mark Ruffalo - Stars from Marvel's action movie took to the red carpet at the UK premiere of 'The Avengers: Age of Ultron' which was held at the Westfield White City in London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 21st April 2015
Date of birth
22nd November, 1967
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