Rachel McAdams (born 17.11.1978) Rachel McAdams is a Canadian actress whose film appearances include 'The Notebook', 'The Vow', 'Mean Girls' and 'Midnight in Paris'.
Childhood: Rachel McAdams was born in London, Ontario and grew up in St Thomas. Her parents are nurse Sandra and former truck driver Lance. She attended Myrtle Street Public School and later Central Elgin Collegiate Institute where she played sports and was in the student council, Crimestoppers program and Peer Helping Team.
She enrolled at York University on their theatre program and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts honours degree. She began figure skating when she was 4 and competed in competitions until she was 18. She became interested in acting at 7 and went to Disney and Shakespeare summer camps. At 12, she was in the Original Kids Theatre Company and she later directed children's theatre. She had a summer job at McDonalds for three years.
Acting career: Rachel McAdams first TV appearance was on an MTV pilot called 'Shotgun Love Dolls' in 2001. She made her feature film debut in the same year in 'My Name is Tanino'. In 2002, she had a starring role in the Hollywood flick 'The Hot Chick' in which she plays a popular high school cheerleader who accidently swaps bodies with a criminal.
Her breakthrough role came with 'Mean Girls' in 2004 where she played queen bee Regina George. The film grossed $129 million worldwide and landed her with two MTV Awards. 2004 also saw her appear in the tear-jerker romance 'The Notebook' alongside Ryan Gosling. The pair initially did not get on during filming, but later began dating. In 2005, she starred in 'Wedding Crashers' which grossed over $285 million worldwide as well as thriller 'Red Eye' and 'The Family Stone'.
In 2006, she was asked to appear on the cover of Vanity Fair with Keira Knightley and Scarlett Johansson but refused to take part in the photoshoot on discovering it was to be a nude shoot. Keira later spoke of her respect for Rachel making that decision. Rachel took a break from acting between 2006 and 2007 even turning down offers for roles in hit films such as 'The Devil Wears Prada', 'Casino Royale', 'Mission: Impossible III' and 'Get Smart'. In 2008, she appeared in the film noir 'Married Life' alongside Pierce Brosnan and Chris Cooper, and 'The Lucky Ones' which grossed the least out of all her films. In 2009, she played a reporter in 'State of Play', starred in science-fiction romance 'The Time Traveller's Wife' and appeared in 'Sherlock Holmes' alongside Robert Downey Jr., a film which earned $524 million at the box office. In 2010 she played a television producer in 'Morning Glory' and 2011 saw her appear in Woody Allen's 'Midnight in Paris' for which Allen won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.
She also starred in the Holmes sequel 'Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows'. In 2012 she starred with Channing Tatum in 'The Vow' and will soon appear in the romance 'To the Wonder' as well as 'A Most Wanted Man' and 'About Time'.
Personal life: Rachel McAdams currently lives in Harbord Village in Toronto in a house with her brother as well as holding a U.S. green card. She practises Kundalini yoga and enjoys cooking and gardening. She was in a relationship for two years with her 'Notebook' co-star Ryan Gosling from 2005. In 2009, she dated actor Josh Lucas and was until 2013 dating Michael Sheen who was her 'Midnight in Paris' co-star.
Slick direction and meaty performances may be enough for some viewers, but this boxing drama's complete lack of originality keeps it from being something memorable. Centring on a committed performance from Jake Gyllenhaal, it's always watchable, but it's rather annoying that every time an interesting theme is raised the script sidesteps into yet another boxing-movie cliche.
Gyllenhaal plays Billy Hope, an orphan raised in the system who rose to become the world light heavyweight champion. He has savvy wife Maureen (Rachel McAdams) at his side, smart young daughter Leila (Oona Laurence) cheering him on and the fiercest manager (Curtis '50 Cent' Jackson) in the business. But personal failures, unexpected tragedies and financial crises suddenly bring an end to his millionaire lifestyle, leaving him alone and wandering the New York streets in search of a place to live. He seeks help from grizzled gym owner Tick (Forest Whitaker), who helps Billy rebuild himself so he can take on his nemesis (Miguel Gomez).
Billy is such a hot-head that he's not easy to like, continually blowing his top to make everything much worse for himself and his family. Gyllenhaal is an astonishing mass of muscles, scars and tattoos, with a burning inner rage that's startlingly believable. He also works hard to earn the audience's sympathies, despite the blunt superficiality of Kurt Sutter's script. Whitaker's role is even less nuanced; he's little more than the formulaic gruff trainer who's always played by an ageing Oscar winner. McAdams injects some snappy energy in her too-brief role, and it's actually Laurence who emerges as the film's most resonant character, effortlessly stealing her scenes right out from under Gyllenhaal's smashed-in nose.
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'True Detective' season 2 is currently airing on HBO.
Sometimes a major factor in the watchability of a TV show is the soundtrack, and for crime drama 'True Detective', they've pretty much nailed that all important element and you can hear it in all its glory this summer.
'True Detective: Music From The HBO Series' is the highly anticipated soundtrack compilation featuring music from both season 1 and season 2 of the Emmy winning show. The second season has just begun its broadcast, with another eight episodes for fans to sink their teeth into, so what better way to treat yourself after another thrilling season than an album of pure musical enjoyment?
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The film has been savaged by critics, as well as coming under fire for its lack of racial diversity.
Director Cameron Crowe has responded to the backlash over the casting of Emma Stone as a part-Asian character in his latest film Aloha. The film and the director received substantial criticism online when it was found that Stone’s character, Captain Allison Ng, was a quarter Hawaiian and a quarter Chinese, leading the director to apologise for casting the actress.
Bradley Cooper and Emma Stone star in Cameron Crowe’s Aloha
Writing on his website The Uncool on Tuesday, Crowe offered a lengthly apology in a blog post titled ‘A Comment on Allison Ng’. “Thank you so much for all the impassioned comments regarding the casting of the wonderful Emma Stone in the part of Allison Ng,” the director wrote. “I have heard your words and your disappointment, and I offer you a heart-felt apology to all who felt this was an odd or misguided casting choice.”
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson will certainly be this weekend’s box office champ after Bradley Cooper’s ‘Aloha’ bombs.
After taking a massive $18.2 million on Friday, including $3.1m after Thursday previews, earthquake disaster movie San Andreas, starring Dwayne Johnson, looks on course to take $48 million this weekend. The disaster flick is way ahead of Bradley Cooper rom-con Aloha which also opened this weekend and suffered dismal reviews from the critics.
Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson stars in disaster flick San Andreas.
According to Forbes, San Andreas crushed the competition on Friday and is now on course for a weekend debut as high as $48 million, with audiences giving the movie a resounding thumbs up. It seems US audiences can’t help but be enthralled by the idea of The Rock taking on an earthquake and the box office receipts will speak for themselves.
But we must confess, it is a little pricey.
Fancy owning a piece of teen movie history? Well if you’ve got the cash you could become the proud owner of Regina George’s actual Mean Girls mansion, how fetch does that sound? The only problem is, it'll set you back a cool $14.8 million.
Rachel McAdams played Regina George in the 2004 movie.
The Toronto mansion features in the 2004 movie as the home of The Plastics’ queen Regina George, who occupied the 20,000 square foot estate with her ‘cool’ mom and little sister. The property is being sold by Sotheby's International Realty, who describe it as ’an architectural beauty of impeccable standard’.
The actor, who played high-school hottie Aaron Samuels, has confirmed once and for all that he isn't interested in the idea of a 'Mean Girls' sequel.
It's still his most famous role, more than 10 years after Mean Girls hit cinemas and became a cult favourite, but Jonathan Bennett has zero interest in another outing as pin-up pupil Aaron Samuels. When Us Weekly asked the actor about the possibility of reuniting with Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams and the rest of the cast, the 33-year-old didn't exactly mince his words. "I don't give a f**k," he said.
Jonathan Bennett: don't ask him about a Mean Girls sequel
"If anyone asks me one more time if there's going to be a Mean Girls reunion, I'm going to kill someone," he continued while attending the Reality TV Awards in Los Angeles on Wednesday (May 13).
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Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman are set to star in HBO's 'Big Little Lies'. The pair will also be producing the series which centres on a group of women and a murder.
Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman will star in and produce HBO's limited series, Big Little Lies. The series is an adaptation of Liane Moriarty's 2014 novel of the same name. Writer David E. Kelley, who created such shows as Ally McBeal and Boston Legal, has written the screenplay for the upcoming series.
Reese Witherspoon will be starring and producing in Big Little Lies.
Porn stars have reportedly been cast for scenes in the second season for 'True Detective'.
Porn stars have reportedly been cast for the season finale of True Detective. According to sources, they have been hired for a graphic sex scene which will feature dozens of naked bodies. 24-year-old Amia Miley, a former porn actress from the US, has allegedly been hired along with Peta Jensen, also 24. Ironically, sources suggest they are amongst the few extras that are not completely naked for the scenes. It seems the women were not cast because of their experience in the porn industry but simply as extras.
Colin Farrell filming for True Detective in Los Angeles.
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Rachel McAdams - Actress Rachel McAdams got hurt while filming an intense scene for the hit show "True Detective" filming in downtown Los Angeles. Rachel seen holding her elbow after filming a gun fight foot chase scene with suspects as she plays a detective for the show. - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 11th February 2015
And the winner of the most dedicated method actor award goes to... Jake Gyllenhaal!
Jake Gyllenhaal is a shape shifter. There is no other explanation. We barely recognised him whilst he was filming 'Nightcrawler', with his sunken cheeks and generally gaunt demeanour, but now he's transformed yet again into a sinewy muscle-man for his forthcoming boxing drama 'Southpaw'.
Gyllenhaal looks completely different to usual
He's never exactly been a typecast actor, but it seems Jake Gyllenhaal can literally perform in any role. He can be unnerving ('Donnie Darko'), not to mention dedicated ('Brokeback Mountain') and now it seems he can manipulate his body in a matter of months. He lost thirty pounds to play the creepy, morally corrupt crime journalist Lou Bloom in Dan Gilroy's latest movie 'Nightcrawler', and now he's picked up his calorie intake and bulked up immensely to play a middle weight boxer in Antoine Fuqua's 'Southpaw'. We only wish we had that much self-discipline!
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True Detective season 2 now has a complete cast and is shooting in California.
HBO has confirmed that The Notebook actress Rachel McAdams and Black Box star Kelly Reilly have joined the season 2 cast of True Detective. The network also announced that Taylor Kitsch would appear too, though we already knew that.
Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey starred in the first season of True Detective
The eight-episode season is now in production in California and centres on three police officers and career criminal who must navigate a "web of conspiracy" in the aftermath of a murder. Colin Farrell takes the lead as Ray Velcoro, a detective whose allegiances are torn between his bosses in the corrupt police department and the mobster who owns him. That very mobster is played by Vince Vaughn, whose empire is in danger of crumbling after a legitimate enterprise is upended by the murder of his business partner.
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Date of birth
17th November, 1978