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Paul Giamatti (born 06.06.1967) Paul Giamatti is an American actor.

Childhood: Paul Giamatti was born in New Haven, Connecticut. His parents are Bartlett Giamatti, Yale University president, and Toni, an English teacher and former actor. He attended The Foote School and later Choate Rosemary Hall. He then went to Yale to study English and Drama and joined the Skull and Bones secret society.

Acting Career: Paul Giamatti appeared in 1997's film adaptation of Howard Stern's 'Private Parts'. In 1998, he had a role in 'The Truman Show' opposite Jim Carrey, 'Saving Private Ryan' with Tom Hanks and 'The Negotiator' with Samuel L. Jackson and Kevin Spacey. The following year he had a part in 'Man on the Moon', again with Jim Carrey. Between 2000 and 2002, he appeared in 'Big Momma's House' alongside Martin Lawrence, 'Planet of the Apes' with Mark Wahlberg and 'Big Fat Liar' opposite Frankie Muniz and Amanda Bynes.

He landed the leading role in 2003's 'American Splendour' with Hope Davis and garnered major mainstream attention with 2004's 'Sideways' which also earned him a Golden Globe nomination. In 2005, he earned an Academy Award nomination for his role in 'Cinderella Man' alongside Renee Zellweger and Russell Crowe. 2006 saw him in 'Lady in the Water' with Bryce Dallas Howard, 'The Ant Bully' alongside Julia Roberts, Nicolas Cage and Meryl Streep and 'The Illusionist' opposite Edward Norton.

He received an Emmy Award in 2008 for his performance in the series 'John Adams'. In 2011, he made an appearance in 'The Hangover Part II' and 'Rock of Ages' in 2011 with Tom Cruise. In 2013 he was announced to play supervillain The Rhino in 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2'.

Personal life: Paul Giamatti currently lives in Brooklyn Heights, New York. He married Elizabeth Cohen in 1997 and they have a son named Samuel Paul. He is atheist though his wife is of Jewish faith.



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Paul Giamatti Fell Asleep During Dominatrix Scene In Billions


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The Sideways star portrays a horny U.S. attorney who is determined to prosecute a hedge fund titan, played by Damian Lewis, on the upcoming financial drama, and the premiere episode features Giamatti tied up in a raunchy sex scene, with a ball gag in his mouth.

The actor reveals producers recruited an expert to tie him up, but the way the rope was tightened around his body actually put him to sleep.

"It was really interesting, they brought in a special guy to tie me up," he explains to U.S. talk show host Stephen Colbert. "I never saw the guy on the set again, just this one time! He was really trussing me up and he was dead serious about it...

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Paul Giamatti: 'I Enjoyed Getting Burned By Cigarettes In Billions'


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The 48-year-old star had a smoke put out in his chest during a scene for his fresh Showtime drama and Giamatti found the pain oddly pleasant.

“It was great. I enjoyed it very much,” he laughed to Page Six at the New York City premiere of the television series. “I did! I enjoyed it — it was actually really kind of interesting.

“I was genuinely tied up in all those knots, and I found it very, uh, soothing.”

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Ratchet And Clank Trailer


Ratchet is a little Lombax with big plans for himself. The galaxy where he lives has become threatened by an evil villain Ratchet knows he must do something. When Captain Qwark announces that the galactic rangers are on the lookout for a special new recruit, Ratchet thinks he's just the guy for the job. Sure, he doesn't have any experience and is ultra-small compared to the other heroes in the rangers but that won't deter Ratchet from applying.

Turned down by his all-time hero, Captain Qwark, Ratchet decides he's not going to give up that easily. Both he and his new smart talking friend Clank must find their inner courage and become part of a battle to save the galaxy from complete inhalation.

Ratchet And Clank the movie is based on the still popular video game which originally came out in 2002 for the PS2.

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Brian Wilson Freaked Out Over Paul Giamatti's Portrayal Of Therapist


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The Beach Boys star was treated for drug addiction and mental health issues by Landy in the 1970s and '80s in a desperate bid to put a stop to his reclusive existence.

Landy eventually helped Wilson to start functioning again, but he later lost his professional licence and was banned from treating Wilson following accusations he had brainwashed the star.

The psychologist's extreme method of therapy for the musician - which involved round-the-clock supervision and total isolation from family and friends - at times terrified Wilson, and he admits Giamatti did such a good job of bringing Landy to life onscreen that it left the rocker and his wife Melinda unsettled.

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Arrivals At The Premiere Screening Of Outsiders

Paul Giamatti - World premiere screening of WGN America's highly anticipated new drama 'Outsiders' at The NYTVF - NYC, New York, United States - Thursday 22nd October 2015

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Cast, L To R, Ryan Hurst, Peter Mattei, Peter Tolan, Christina Jackson, Paul Giamatti, Kyle Gallner, David Morse and Gillian Alexy
Cast, L To R, Ryan Hurst, Peter Mattei, Peter Tolan, Christina Jackson, Paul Giamatti, Kyle Gallner, David Morse and Gillian Alexy

Brian Wilson's Astounding Life Story Reaches Your Living Room With 'Love & Mercy'


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Those who missed the theatrical release of Brian Wilson biopic 'Love & Mercy' don't have to miss out any longer as the critically acclaimed flick is now on DVD, bringing a story of hope, love and creativity to the masses.

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In June 2015, the biopic of one of music's greatest living legends, Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys, was released to a rapturous response. Depicting him in two major decades of his life, 'Love And Mercy' was directed by the Oscar nominated Bill Pohlad ('12 Years A Slave', 'Brokeback Mountain') and captured both the intense pain and the immense happiness that he struggled with throughout his successful career.

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Straight Outta Compton Review

Good

This biopic gallops through the career of groundbreaking gangsta rappers N.W.A, working its way through a checklist of the major events. There isn't much of a plot otherwise, which can be bewildering for anyone who doesn't know all of the people portrayed on-screen. But the acting and filmmaking is confident, which makes the movie feel strikingly relevant.

It opens in late-1980s South Central Los Angeles, a time when rap was dismissed as a little more than a violent chant. But artist Eazy-E (Jason Mitchell) launches Ruthless Records with his manager Jerry Hiller (Paul Giamatti) as a way to promote the music he makes with his friends Ice Cube (O'Shea Jackson Jr.), Dr. Dre (Corey Hawkins), DJ Yella (Neil Brown Jr.) and MC Ren (Aldis Hodge). Working together as N.W.A, their album Straight Outta Compton strikes a nerve, selling millions even though its controversial lyrics make it impossible to play on the radio. As money starts rolling in, problems develop in the group. Cube is annoyed that Jerry isn't paying him a fair share of the royalties, so he goes solo. And later Dre also leaves to start his own label, Death Row, with hothead friend Suge Knight (R. Marcos Taylor).

The movie is structured as a series of set-pieces, usually drawing on the musician's camaraderie, which turns into rivalry, sparking tensions and some sort of verbal or musical battle, which escalates into physical violence. These are alpha-males who don't like being told what to do, so they struggle to trust each other. Their clashes begin to feel somewhat repetitive, but the actors are excellent.

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World Premiere Of 'Straight Outta Compton' - Arrivals

Paul Giamatti - World Premiere of Universal Pictures' 'Straight Outta Compton' held at The Microsoft Theatre - Arrivals at Microsoft Theater - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 10th August 2015

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Love & Mercy Review

Extraordinary

An unusually inventive approach brings this story to life, as the filmmakers get into the mind of the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson to reveal how he created those unforgettable songs. Even more impressive is the depiction of Wilson's troubled personal life, which plays out with an unnerving resonance rarely matched by rock-star biopics. This is due to artful direction and writing plus committed performances from Paul Dano and John Cusack, who play Wilson at two key points in his life.

As a young man in the 1960s, Brian Wilson (Dano) is a prodigious genius, preferring to stay in the studio while his brothers Dennis and Carl (Kenny Wormald and Brett Davern) and their bandmate Mike Love (Jake Abel) head out to meet girls on tour. They don't understand Brian's obsession with oddball sounds, but let him do his thing until it becomes clear that he's mentally unstable. Years later, in the late 1980s, Brian (now Cusack) falls for Cadillac saleswoman Melinda (Elizabeth Banks), who realises that he is being over-medicated and possibly abused by his controlling psychiatrist guardian Eugene (Paul Giamatti). And instead of leaving, as Eugene orders her to do, she fights for Brian.

These two time periods are interwoven together in a strikingly seamless way, shifting back and forth to build a potent dramatic and emotional momentum. By seeing everything from Wilson's perspective, the filmmakers are able to take the audience on a remarkable journey through his life, avoiding the usual predictable formula. Wilson's life may follow the usual trajectory of success followed by drug abuse, but his mental illness adds an involving angle that's depicted with sensitivity by Dano and Cusack, as well as director Bill Pohlad and writers Oren Moverman and Michael Alan Lerner. Even more impressive is Banks' performance, which is the key that takes us right into the story. It's a beautifully textured turn that reminds us that she can do a lot more than steal movies in comical roles (see Pitch Perfect, Magic Mike and The Hunger Games).

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Love And Mercy - Featurettes


The cast and crew of the forthcoming Brian Wilson biopic 'Love and Mercy' discuss their experiences of depicting the life of one of the greatest musicians of all time, from his beginnings with the Beach Boys, to the complex emotional troubles of his later life. Among the stars are John Cusack, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Brett Davern, Kenny Wormald and Jake Abel.

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San Andreas Review


Weak

Set up as an old-style disaster movie with only a fraction of the plot, this earthquake action adventure is preposterous enough to just about work as a guilty pleasure. Everything else about the film is simply absurd, from the fake science to the simplistic family dynamic that strains to hold the story together. But it's definitely a big-screen spectacle, and Dwayne Johnson was made to fill the big screen.

He plays Los Angeles Fire & Rescue chopper pilot Ray, who is going through a divorce from Emma (Carla Gugino) after the death of his young daughter. Now his older daughter Blake (Alexandra Daddario) needs help moving up the coast, but Ray has been called to respond to a freak quake in Nevada. So she travels instead to San Francisco with her mother's millionaire boyfriend (Ioan Gruffudd). Then jittery Cal Tech scientist Lawrence (Paul Giamatti) works out that this temblor is heading for L.A. and will move up the coast to San Francisco, perhaps creating the biggest seismic event the world has ever seen. As he issues urgent warnings, Ray rescues Emma from a collapsing L.A. skyscraper, and they both head north to save their daughter. Meanwhile, Blake has teamed up with sexy Brit Ben (Hugo Johnstone-Burt) and his perky little brother Ollie (Art Parkinson) to survive the chaos in San Francisco.

Despite the filmmakers' stated goal to recreate a classic disaster epic like The Poseidon Adventure (1972) or Earthquake (1974), this film doesn't bother to feature an ensemble cast with complex intertwined storylines. Instead, it heaps all of the drama onto Johnson's beefy shoulders. He has more than enough charisma to hold it together, even if his one big emotional scene feels a bit, well, stony. Everyone else provides a masterclass in panic-stricken acting, running and screaming and fearing for everyone's lives even though it's clear from the start that very few characters will die. Hundreds of thousands of anonymous digitally rendered victims perish, but the movie doesn't bat an eyelid about them.

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The Little Prince Trailer


A Little Girl's Mother has high expectations of her daughter, given her own career success, and thus takes it upon herself to plan out her entire life, complete with a rigorous study and exercise schedule. The Little Girl agrees to knuckle down at first, but soon finds herself distracted by her peculiar elderly neighbour, The Aviator, who wishes to tell her the story of his encounter with The Little Prince - an other worldly being who lived on an astronaut before landing in the middle of a desert on Earth. The Little Girl is fascinated by the tale, and starts to understand what the most important things are in life, such as friendship. She starts to lament the idea of growing up and the idea of forgetting the significant things she understands as a child; that only the heart can give her a true vision in life.

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The New York Premiere Of 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2'

Paul Giamatti - The New York premiere of 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' at The Ziegfeld Theater - Arrivals - New York, United States - Thursday 24th April 2014

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Paul Giamatti

'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' New York Premiere

Paul Giamatti - New York Premiere of 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' at the Ziegfeld Theater - Red Carpet Arrivals - New Yory City, New York, United States - Thursday 24th April 2014

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"Saving Mr. Banks" - Los Angeles Premiere

Colin Farrell, Annie Rose Buckley, Bradley Whitford, Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Paul Giamatti, Emma Thompson, B.J. Novak and Jason Schwartzman - "Saving Mr. Banks" - Los Angeles Premiere At Walt Disney Studios - Burbank, California, United States - Tuesday 10th December 2013

Colin Farrell, Annie Rose Buckley, Bradley Whitford, Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Paul Giamatti, Emma Thompson, B.j. Novak and Jason Schwartzman
Colin Farrell, Annie Rose Buckley, Bradley Whitford, Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Paul Giamatti, Emma Thompson, B.j. Novak and Jason Schwartzman
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Colin Farrell, Annie Rose Buckley, Bradley Whitford, Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Paul Giamatti, Emma Thompson, B.j. Novak and Jason Schwartzman
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Colin Farrell and Wes Bentley
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