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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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Whedon back-tracked on his negative comments last year, saying they did a "disservice" to himself and the movie.
A year after he guided the massive Avengers: Age of Ultron to the big screen and washed his hands once and for all of blockbuster sequels, director Joss Whedon has at last spoken about his negative reaction to the Marvel movie’s release at the time.
When the superhero sequel was released in May last year, many fans initially reacted with indifference to the movie in comparison to its 2012 predecessor The Avengers. While it was far from disastrous, taking $1.4 billion in box offices worldwide, Whedon himself said some pretty negative things about the project during the subsequent press tour.
Joss Whedon said some pretty negative things about 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' when it was released a year ago
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.
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Mark Ruffalo - 2016 Film Independent Spirit Awards held at Santa Monica Beach - Outside Arrivals at Santa Monica, Independent Spirit Awards - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 27th February 2016
Mark Ruffalo earned his third Oscar nomination this year, for his role in the true drama Spotlight.
And he's especially proud of this one because, as he says, "It has no actor-y moments." It follows journalists trying to find the truth about how the Catholic Diocese in Boston covered up child abuse, but director-cowriter Tom McCarthy avoids sensational details to focus on the riveting story.
"I loved that about it," Ruffalo says. "That it is all subtext. There are a few places where the character's personal lives come into view, but not many. In that sense it's also a reflection of their lives at that time, because they didn't have any lives They just had the hunt for the story."
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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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Faith in humanity restored.
Many of us have experienced that moment. That awful moment when you realise you've lost both your phone AND your wallet, aware that it could have ended up simply anywhere. Of course, it should be even worse for a celebrity, when you consider the amount of valuable personal phone numbers they'll have in their phonebook. But for 'Avengers' star Mark Ruffalo, his fame turned out to be quite the asset.
Twitter helps reunite Mark Ruffalo with his phone
Winter Storm Jonas hit New York City over the weekend and, while most people were sensible enough to stay indoors, Ruffalo quite frankly wasn't. Hence, he took to Twitter with an emergency bulletin requesting help to find his missing phone with the promise of a reward. 'APB out for a cell phone in a wallet case out on the streets of NYC in a blizzard. My driver's license is in there. Reward and signed pic', he posted.
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He believes the lack of diversity in this year's nominations is "terrible"
As the controversy over the all-white Oscar nominations continues, another actor has lent his voice to the growing disquiet of the lack of diversity. Spotlight star Mark Ruffalo has called the second year with no Black nominees "terrible" and has admitted he is considering boycotting the event.
Mark Ruffalo supports the Oscars boycott over the lack of nomination diversity
Film director Spike Lee, actress Jada Pinkett Smith and her husband Will Smith have already declared their intention to avoid the ceremony and Ruffalo has said he supports the boycott.
Continue reading: Mark Ruffalo Admits He Has Thought About Boycotting This Year's Oscars
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.
Continue reading: Rich Cline's 10 Best Films Of 2015
After becoming the most famous magicians in the world with their last tricks and exposing the wrongdoings of Arthur Tressler, it was obvious that as many people as they helped, they'd always upset a powerful few. One of those is Arthur's son, Walter Tressler.
Walter is on a mission to cause The Four Horsemen as much damage as possible. In order to stop Walter, the four magicians must pull off a stunt far bigger than their first.
With Isla Fisher pregant and unable to commit to the film Lizzy Caplan (Masters Of Sex) has been brought in to play the role of Lula. Other than Isla, all the lead cast from the first film will appear in the new film and Daniel Radcliffe will play the role of Arthurs son, a tech magnate.
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