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Vera Farmiga (born 06.08.1973)
Vera Farmiga is an American actress.
Vera Farmiga: Childhood
Vera Farmiga was born in Clifton, New Jersey. Her parents are Mykhailo, a computer analyst, and Luba Farmiga, a teacher.
She was raised in a Ukrainian American community and attended a Ukrainian Catholic school in Newark before touring with a Ukrainian folk-dancing group called Syzokryli.
She later attended the Hunterdon Central Regional High School.
She originally wanted to be an ophthalmologist before attending Syracuse University's School of Visual and Performing Arts.
Vera Farmiga: Acting career
Vera Farmiga began acting on stage in 1996 making her Broadway debut as an understudy in 'Taking Sides'.
Her first TV role was in the series 'Roar' alongside Heath Ledger in 1997, while her debut film appearance came with 'Return to Paradise' in 1998 with Vince Vaughn, Anne Heche and Joaquin Phoenix.
2000 saw her in the comedy 'Autumn in New York' alongside Richard Gere and Winona Ryder, while 2001 landed her with '15 Minutes' opposite Robert De Niro, 'Dust' opposite Joseph Fiennes, 'Snow White: The Fairest of Them All' with Miranda Richardson and TV series 'UC: Undercover'.
She landed her first starring role was in the romance 'Love in the Time of Money' in 2002. She later appeared alongside Milla Jovovich and Adrien Brody in the romcom 'Dummy' in 2003.
2004 saw her in 'Down to the Bone' with Hugh Dillon and 'The Manchurian Candidate' with Denzel Washington and Meryl Streep.
In 2006, she appeared alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in 'The Departed'. The following year she and Sam Rockwell starred in psychological horror 'Joshua'.
In 2008, she was in 'Quid Pro Quo' with Nick Stahl and the holocaust book-to-film drama 'The Boy in the Striped Pajamas' with David Thewlis. She also starred in 'Nothing But the Truth' opposite Matt Dillon and Kate Beckinsale.
In 2009, she and Peter Sarsgaard were in the horror flick 'Orphan' and the major box office success 'Up in the Air' alongside George Clooney and Anna Kendrick which earned her an Academy Award nomination.
2010 saw her in the romcom 'Henry's Crime' opposite Keanu Reeves, while 2011 she appeared in 'Source Code' with Jake Gyllenhaal and made her directorial debut with the movie 'Higher Ground'.
In 2012 she starred alongside Aaron Eckhart, Rupert Grint and Chloe Grace Moretz in 'The Drummer' - a biopic about the life of Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson - and in 2013 she began starring in the 'Psycho' spin-off series 'Bates Motel' based on Alfred Hitchcock's famous film.
Vera Farmiga: Personal life
Vera Farmiga married actor Sebastian Roche in 1997 but they got divorced in 2004.
She married Renn Hawkey in 2008 and they have a son called Fynn and a daughter called Gytta.
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Continuing on from the 2013 hit, this sequel blends fact and fiction to follow real-life ghostbusters Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) from the 1976 Amityville haunting to an encounter with the Enfield poltergeist in 1977 London. Filmmaker James Wan continues to deploy every cinematic gimmick he knows to freak out the audience, and the fact that it's based on a true story makes it even more unsettling. Although the cliches of the genre feel a bit tired.
The story opens in Amityville, where the Warrens are deeply disturbed by supernatural forces and decide to take some time off. But they're soon summoned to England to help a family being terrorised by a nasty spirit. Arriving in Enfield, North London, they meet Peggy Hodgson (Frances O'Connor), a plucky single mother of four, who is worried that the ghost of an angry old man is threatening her 11-year-old daughter Janet (Madison Wolfe). Now staying with neighbours (Simon Delaney and Maria Doyle Kennedy) across the street, Peggy has also called in two experts, a true believer (Simon McBurney) and a sceptic (Franka Potente), to work with the Warrens to clear this malevolent presence from the family home.
While the script inventively intermingles the facts of the case with a generous dose of movie fiction, Wan fills the screen with all kinds of creepy goings-on, including banging noises, levitating furniture and flickering TV screens. Additional standard scares include a nerve-jangling toy and a seriously scary nun (who's about to get her own spin-off film, like the creepy doll Annabelle from the first movie). Wan also uses manipulative movie trickery from moody music to grubby production design to prowling camerawork that constantly reveals something frightening in the deep shadows. What he never does is find a new way to scare the audience: we have seen all of these tricks before, but of course they still work.
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The thing that sets The Conjuring movies apart from other horror franchises is that they're based on true stories involving real-life ghostbusters Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga).
In the second film, it's 1977 and the Warrens travel to England to look into The Enfield Case, as single mother Peggy Hodgson (Frances O'Connor) is told by her daughter Janet (Madison Wolfe) that her bed is wobbling, there are loud noises and furniture is moving.
"It started in a back bedroom," recalls the real Janet. "The chest of drawers moved, and you could hear shuffling. We told Mum what was going on, and she came to see it for herself. She saw the chest of drawers moving. When she tried to push it back, she couldn't."
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Not as good as the first film, but critics are still wanting more.
'The Conjuring 2' always had a lot to live up to after the original film in 2013; how was James Wan going to scare his audience with his next Ed and Lorraine Warren case? As it turns out, the new movie has much less of that slow-burning dread about it and a lot more cheap 'BOO!' moments. But that doesn't mean the critics didn't love it.
'The Conjuring 2' isn't as much of a slow-burner as its predecessor
Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson return in this fictional re-telling of The Enfield Poltergiest; a true story of a family in London back in the 70s who were terrorized by a number of malevolent spirits, all centering around one of the daughters, Janet. It's a very meticulously recorded case, so there was a lot of source material to take from - but the 133 minutes of movie that came out of it was always going to be controversial.
Vera Farmiga , Frances O'Connor - 2016 Los Angeles Film Festival 'The Conjuring 2' premiere at TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX - Arrivals at TCL Chinese Theater IMAX, Los Angeles Film Festival - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 8th June 2016
James Wan, Vera Farmiga , Patrick Wilson - 2016 CinemaCon Warner Bros Pictures Red Carpet Arrivals at Caesar's Palace Resort and Casino at Caesars Palace - Las Vegas, Nevada, United States - Wednesday 13th April 2016
Not fazed by their previous experiences, Lorraine and Ed Warren are still successful paranormal investigators and their reputations have made them known around the world. As they hunt for new cases to investigate they decide to travel to England, Enfield just outside London to help a single mother and her children who are being haunted by a nasty spirit.
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This generational drama strains so hard to be serious that it's almost laughable. Its big themes are only superficially addressed, while the bloated nearly two and a half hour running time could easily have been cut down simply by eliminating all of the emotive close-ups of actors with tears welling in their eyes. In other words, while there are the bare bones of a decent movie in here, it's been badly compromised to turn it into Oscar bait.
At least it starts well, with a sequence centred on Hank (Robert Downey Jr), a slick Chicago lawyer with a precocious daughter (Emma Tremblay) and an angry trophy wife (Sarah Lancaster) who has had enough. Hank's cold-hearted ways are a legacy of his estranged relationship with his father Joseph (Robert Duvall), the no-nonsense judge in a small-town Indiana town. Then Hank is called home when his mother dies, comforting his brothers Glen (Vincent D'Onofrio), whose injured hand ended his baseball career, and Dale (Jeremy Strong), who is mentally challenged. He also rekindles his youthful romance with waitress Sam (Vera Farmiga). Then Joseph is arrested for murder, and Hank steps in to help inexperienced lawyer CP (Dax Shepard) defend him against the shark-like prosecutor (Billy Bob Thornton).
There isn't a single subtle element in this film, as the script is carefully constructed to pull our sympathies back and forth even though both Hank and Joseph are deeply unlikeable grumps. Downey and Duvall are good enough actors to make them watchable, but director David Dobkin (The Change-up) hammers every sentimental scene home with far too much force. And the script is so simplistic that it chickens out before anything interesting happens. Even the court case lacks something compelling to draw the audience in. It certainly doesn't help that the characters are all deeply contrived. Just one example: there's a disability for each of the three brothers: physical, emotional and mental.
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David Dobkin's movie 'The Judge' is the opener at Toronto Film Festival - a slot not traditionally associated with high quality.
David Dobkin, the filmmaker best known for his classic comedy Wedding Crashers, brings an altogether different film to the Toronto Film Festival this week. His legal drama The Judge, starring Robert Downey Jr and Robert Duvall, opens this year's festival on Thursday (August 4, 2014).
"I hadn't had an opportunity to really dig in and do something like this in 20 years," Dobkin told the Canadian Press of his foray into drama. "There are a lot of intense scenes in the movie. You would think that comedies are more fun to work on and they're not always as fun as they come out. This movie was strangely cathartic."
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Hank Palmer is a ruthless but excellent lawyer, despised by many of his peers for his habit of representing often blatantly guilty criminals. One day mid-trial however, he receives a call from home informing him of his mother's recent death. Reluctantly, he ventures back to the town of Carlinville, Indiana where he grew up to convene with his family ahead of the funeral. As he expected, the greeting between himself and his father - the local Judge Joseph Palmer - is particularly frosty. As a young college graduate, Hank was desperate to leave the harsh and unfriendly grasp of his father but when the town's sheriff tells him that Joseph is now a murder suspect, he begins to feel a grudging obligation to cast their differences aside and help him protest his innocence.
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It seems you can take a kid out of college but you can't take college out of a kid as two discontented parents find themselves struggling to behave themselves as they take their respective 18-year-old children to visit their new college campus Middleton. George and Edith are total opposites who find themselves completely uninterested in each other's quirks initially; George is a serious, suit-wearing heart surgeon desperately worried about the academic future of his overly chilled out son, while Edith embarrasses her hard-working daughter with her laidback attitude and never being too afraid to speak her mind. When the parents find themselves separated from the campus tour, they actually start enjoying each other's company and slowly but surely begin to fall in love as they help each other come to terms with the complications of parenthood.
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So which movies made Tarantino's list for 2013?
Movie buffs have begun to anticipate Quentin Tarantino's Top 10 movies lists in recent years. The legendary director's run-down of his favorite movies of the year has made for interesting reading in recent years and is often regarded as the antithesis of the Academy's choices of the year's best.
He passed on devising a list last year, owing to Django Unchained, though in 2011 Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris - a wonderful movie that actually went onto win Best Original Screenplay at the Oscars - topped Quentin's list, edging out Rise of the Planet of the Apes and the excellent Moneyball, with Brad Pitt. Tarantino threw in a couple of curveballs with X-Men: First Class, The Skin I Live In, Attack The Block and Warrior.
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'The Conjuring' is released in UK cinemas today. Released in the US two weeks ago, the horror movie has already grossed over $92 million.
The Conjuring is released in UK cinemas today (2nd August). It's been a surprise summer box office hit in the US, but will the British respond in the same way?
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The Conjuring had a brilliant opening weekend, gaining $41.5 million and warding off big-budget films such as R.I.P.D., Despicable Me 2 and Turbo. Since then the film has known no bounds: as of 31st July, The Conjuring had made over $92 million. A significant sum considering it was released in the US only two weeks ago.
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