It wasn't easy to print up those book spine facsimiles and attach them all. https://t.co/unmzT3C1KI
Steve Martin (born 14.8.1945) Steve Martin is an American comic actor, as well as a playwright, screenwriter and musician.
Childhood: Martin was born to Glenn and Mary Lee Martin, in Waco, Texas. He was later raised in California.
His first job was working at Disneyland, selling guidebooks to visitors, during his school breaks. During his time there, he would hang out at Merlin's Magic Shop and learn magic tricks there. In 1960, he was accepted for a job at the store, where he also learned to juggle, make balloon animals, and play the banjo.
Following his high school graduation, Martin took Drama and English classes at Santa Ana Junior College and then studied Philosophy at Long Beach State College. He later transferred to UCLA, where he majored in Theatre. Aged 21, he dropped out of his studies altogether.
Breakthrough into Comedy: In 1967, Martin was dating Nina Goldblatt, a dancer on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. With her assistance, he landed a job as a writer on the show and went on to win an Emmy for his work, in 1969. In addition to this, he also wrote for The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour and The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour.
In the 1970s, Martin began appearing on shows such as The Gong Show, On Location and Saturday Night Live (on which he appeared alongside Dan Aykroyd), as a stand-up comic. At one point, Martin denied that his real name was Steve Martin and claimed it was Gern Blanston, a name that took on a life of its own and was briefly adopted by a rock band.
Martin's debut comedy album, Let's Get Small was a huge success, as was its successor, A Wild And Crazy Guy. Both of the albums won Grammy Awards for Best Comedy Recording.
Film Career: The actor's first film was the seven-minute The Absent-Minded Waiter, released in 1977. The film received an Academy Award nomination for Best Short Film, Live Action. He followed this up in 1979 by starring in The Jerk, which became a huge commercial success.
To avoid the dangers of being typecast, Steve Martin was keen to try his hand at a serious film. The result, Pennies From Heaven, was a failure, both critically and financially.
Martin's return to comedy was, thankfully, a success and he had a string of acclaimed performances in films such as Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid, The Man With Two Brains and All Of Me. He was reunited with his former Saturday Night Live performers, Chevy Chase and Martin Short in ¡Three Amigos! Continuing his string of lucrative collaborations, he starred alongside John Candy in Planes, Trains and Automobiles and Rick Moranis in Little Shop of Horrors.
In 1987, Martin co-wrote Roxanne, and earned himself an award from the Writers' Guild of America.
In 1989, he teamed up with Moranis again for Parenthood, a Ron Howard film and in 1991 starred in the hit film Father of the Bride.
In 2006, Martin reprised Peter Sellers' role in a remake of The Pink Panther, to a muted response.
Books: Martin has written two short novels, Shopgirl and The Pleasure of My Company. In 2007, he also published an autobiography, Born Standing Up
Personal Life: Martin was married to Victoria Tennant from 1986 to 1994. In 2007, he married Anne Stringfield. The guests, including Tom Hanks, Carl Reiner and Ricky Jay were not told beforehand that the 'party' was, in fact, a wedding.
The actor and writer is best remembered for his role in 1971 movie ‘Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory’
Tributes have poured in for actor and writer Gene Wilder who has died aged 83. Wilder’s death was announced by his family on Monday, who revealed he had been secretly battling Alzheimer’s for three years. After news of his passing broke, friends, colleagues and fellow comedians paid tribute on social media, with many referencing his most famous role as Willy Wonka in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.
Gene Wilder (pictured with Mel Brooks) has died aged 83
Mel Brooks, who directed Wilder in comedies Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein, lead the tributes on Twitter, saying the actor and writer had ‘ blessed’ him with his friendship. “One of the truly great talents of our time,” Brooks wrote. “He blessed every film we did with his magic & he blessed me with his friendship.”
Continue reading: Tributes Pour In For Gene Wilder Who Has Died Aged 83
Actor and comedian Steve Martin in conversation with Andrew Hunter (the curator of The Art Gallery of Ontario) to present The Idea of North: The Paintings of Lawren Harris - Toronto, Canada - Tuesday 28th June 2016
Steve Martin - 66th Annual ACE Eddie Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel - Arrivals at Beverly Hilton - Beverly Hills, CA, Beverly Hilton Hotel - Los Angeles, California, United States - Friday 29th January 2016
This may look like it's going to be a zany Christmas romp, but it's really a warm exploration of family connections, essentially an American take on Love Actually's multi-strand comedy-drama. At least it has an unusually strong cast and moments of hilarity scattered throughout the story. And while it's never very deep, the themes are strongly resonant.
The Cooper family is gathering for what Charlotte (Diane Keaton) hopes will be one last perfect Christmas together. She knows that her 40-year marriage to Sam (John Goodman) is on the brink, but is ignoring that to plan a massive dinner. Their son Hank (Ed Helms) is stinging from divorce and unemployment, while daughter Eleanor (Olivia Wilde) has picked up a hunky soldier (Jake Lacy) in the airport and asks him to pose as her boyfriend so her family will stop asking about her love life. Meanwhile, Charlotte's father Bucky (Alan Arkin) is trying to cheer up his favourite waitress (Amanda Seyfried), and Charlotte's sister Emma (Marisa Tomei) is delayed when a cop (Anthony Mackie) arrests her for shoplifting.
Narrated with wry joviality by Steve Martin, the interwoven stories are fairly simplistic, but each touches a raw nerve. And the above-average cast brings out the underlying themes without overplaying their scenes. Keaton and Goodman add subtle shades to the slightly undemanding central roles, while Arkin finds a couple of new textures to his usual twinkly grandad persona. Helms and Wilde strike the right balance in their intriguingly unlikeable roles, while Tomei gets the most complex character as a woman who feels like she's merely watched her life drift along. By contrast, the outsiders played by Seyfried, Lacy and Mackie are much less defined, but each actor brings just enough magnetic energy. The most wasted performer is June Squibb, as a ditzy old aunt who's little more than the requisite gross-out relative.
Continue reading: Love The Coopers (aka Christmas With The Coopers) Review
If the Donald has done any good, it’s bringing the former ‘Late Show’ host out of hiding.
Former ‘Late Show’ host David Letterman came out of retirement on Friday night, to make a very special appearance onstage with comedians Steve Martin and Martin Short in San Antonio, Texas. Martin and Short are currently on the road with their stage show, A Very Stupid Conversation…With Music and invited Letterman to share his thoughts on Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump.
David Letterman appeared onstage in Texas Friday, with 10 facts about Donald Trump.
"Back in Hollywood, we met at a Scientology mixer and they have been so kind and so generous to invite me here to this beautiful city,” 68 year old Letterman told the crowd. "I am so happy to be out of the house. I retired and I had no regrets—none. I was happy. I was complacent. I was satisfied. I was content. And then a couple of days ago, Donald Trump said he was running for president. I have made the biggest mistake of my life, ladies and gentlemen.”
Continue reading: David Letterman Comes Out Of Retirement Just To Mock Donald Trump
David Letterman's 'Late Show' set has been dismantled mere hours after the final episode aired.
David Letterman's Late Show set has already been thrown in the trash. The talk show host's last show was on Wednesday night (20th May) but within 24 hours the set had been dismantled and parts of it could be seen in a dumpster close to the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York.
David Letterman's Late Show set was quickly dismantled after the final episode aired.
Jim Carrey was rocking his beard - which is looking incerasingly bushier - as he arrived at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York for the last episode of 'The Late Show with David Letterman'. He was also sporting a T-shirt with the slogan 'Spank You'; a catchphrase of his from the 'Ace Ventura' movies.
DreamWorks Animation have released 'Home' a week early for Mother's Day, leading to a successful box office before it's official release.
While 'The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' held on to the top spot on the British box office chart for the third straight week, the real champion last weekend was the riotously enjoyable DreamWorks animated adventure 'Home', which played a series of preview screenings in advance of it opening across the country this weekend.
'Home' hits US theatres on 27th March 2015
While 'Second Best' took an impressive £1.4m in its third weekend of play, 'Home''s previews brought in £2.45m on Saturday and Sunday alone. Cleverly marketed as a UK Mother's Day treat, the film drew families to cinemas in huge numbers. This preview income will be added to 'Home''s tally this weekend for next week's box office chart, which means it could beat the second 'Divergent Series' movie, 'Insurgent', to the top of the chart.
Continue reading: 'Home' Is A Hit Even Before It Opens
A sharp script and especially colourful imagery make this animated romp a lot more fun than expected, entertaining grown-ups just as much as the kids. It may be the usual frantic action comedy, but there's an edge to the humour and a continual stream of knowing gags and witty references that keep us laughing. As a result, the busy plot is surprisingly involving, and the action scenes are genuinely thrilling.
It opens in outer space with the Boov, a race of blobby creatures that are only good at one thing: running away from their sworn enemy the Gorg. Their leader Captain Smek (Steve Martin) has selected Earth as their next hiding place, so they swoop in and corral mankind into Happy Humantowns in the Australian Outback while the Boov occupy the cities, hilariously trying to make sense of everything they find there. But a Boov named Oh (Jim Parsons) sticks out from the hive-like community. Friendlier and more curious than he should be, he inadvertently alerts the Gorg to their location. So he goes on the run, meeting up with the human teen girl Tip (Rihanna), who has managed to hide out with her chubby cat Pig and now wants to find her mother (Jennifer Lopez). Pursued by Smek and top cop Kyle (Matt Jones), Oh and Tip must dart around the globe to solve both of their predicaments.
Based on Adam Rex's novel The True Meaning of Smekday, the story is packed with lively twists and turns, and the filmmakers bring it to life with energy, humour and some real emotion. The animators pull out all the stops as they play with outrageous colours and eye-catching action, while the Boov's ability to selectively control gravity adds plenty of scope for additional mayhem. For example, Oh and Tip travel the globe in a car that Oh soups up Back to the Future-style so they can fly to Boov central command in Paris and then on to Australia. These kinds of knowing film references flit across the screen all the way through their adventure.
Continue reading: Home Review
The overly-confident alien race, the Boov, have faced some difficulties in their time, but they've just discovered a new planet that they can call home. The only drawback? The planet's name is Earth, and it already has inhabitants. But when, arguably the source of their problems, Oh ('The Big Bang Theory''s Jim Parsons) is abandoned by his race, he runs across a new friend. Tip (Rihanna), is a renegade, and after escaping from the occupation of the Boov with Oh, the two begin a road-trip with a difference as they try to find their way in the world and make their own home.
Continue: Home Trailer
Steve Martin has been awarded the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award which he will receive in a special ceremony in June 2015.
Steve Martin will receive the "highest honour in film", the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award. The AFI announced the news on their website on Friday (3rd October).
Steve Martin has been awarded the AFI Life Achievement Award.
Continue reading: Steve Martin Awarded AFI's Life Achievement Award
The comedian will be honoured in a special ceremony to take place in June next year.
Steve Martin has been announced as the next recipient of the American Film Institute’s highest honour, their Life Achievement Award. The 69 year old will receive the award at a special gala tribute to take place on June 4, 2015 in Los Angeles.
Steve Martin will receive AFI's Life Achievement award
Martin is the 43rd recipient of the prestigious award and only the second mainly comedic performer to be honoured, after Mel Brooks in 2013. Other previous recipients include Al Pacino, Warren Beatty, Dustin Hoffman and Harrison Ford.
Continue reading: Steve Martin To Receive AFI Life Achievement Award
Date of birth
14th August, 1945
It wasn't easy to print up those book spine facsimiles and attach them all. https://t.co/unmzT3C1KI
Goodbye, Gene Wilder. You were one of the great screen comedians. Original and surprising every time.
You are accurate in your fingusity. https://t.co/HgpE7LCsQu
That's because I actually spend time on my comedy routines and movie roles. https://t.co/dwm1WCUbaH
Ok. We laughed. https://t.co/Pc3WFtKTCv
More nails. By Harnett. https://t.co/lCGWzz2PMP
Is this the most beautiful nail ever painted? By J. D. Chalfant. https://t.co/q7RKWSMzdw
Art incidentals: Look at the beautiful nail hole in this Harnett still life. https://t.co/CQPhC8M1xI
I love this part of the world. https://t.co/VHKusK0hqK
Sorry to tell SETI, but this was the exact moment I turned on my air conditioner my hair dryer at the same time. https://t.co/qC2AO2DP0e
I didn't realize I am underrated. https://t.co/oFKZsTUeFI
The house I grew up in-now in the middle of the San Diego freeway-was five minutes from there. https://t.co/inNtde1vm7
I consider this an omen. https://t.co/eT2Dwgqhg1
Don't forget to use E flat! https://t.co/q6IDdam9k0
If you say "Good morning" to you Amazon Echo today, you'll hear an uncanny imitation of Robert De Niro.
Recently posted footage of yours truly (among others) working at Disneyland when I was eleven. Thanks, Daveland! https://t.co/NkiVxS71Op
Same could be said for fire. https://t.co/VLMA6waWQ6
I'm not really counting on April, 2017. https://t.co/UhfEyHUVFk
IBM Selectric never had a mouse, either. https://t.co/cfYSo2t6i1
Dear Greg Kauffman, I hope you suffer the way I am suffering (there is no Bluetooth mouse for iPad). https://t.co/9M3KJzXJxe
This may look like it's going to be a zany Christmas romp, but it's really...
A sharp script and especially colourful imagery make this animated romp a lot more fun...
The overly-confident alien race, the Boov, have faced some difficulties in their time, but they've...
Even though it's rather corny and sentimental, this colourful comedy-drama holds our interest mainly because...
Watch the trailer for It's Complicated Jane is a successful middle aged divorcee who owns...
Back in the fun, free-basing '70s, Steve Martin was a stand-up comic god. Me Decade...
ABC premiered America's Funniest Home Videos in 1989, and the weekly video-clip competition has gone...