Woody Harrelson (born Woodrow Tracy Harrelson, 23.7.1961)
Woody Harrelson is an American actor. He rose to fame with his role in the US sitcom Cheers, playing the role of Woody Boyd. After the demise of Cheers, Woody Harrelson launched a successful film-acting career.
Woody Harrelson: Childhood
Woody Harrelson was born to Diane and Charles Harrelson in Midland, Texas. His parents divorced in 1964. In 1979, Harrelson's father was convicted of murder, after taking on the contract killing of a Federal Judge in San Antonio.
Woody grew up with his mother in Lebanon, Ohio, where he attended Lebanon High School. At the same time, he worked as a wood-carver at the Kings Island amusement park.
Woody Harrelson went on to attain a BA in Theatre Arts and English at Hanover College, Indiana.
Woody Harrelson: Acting Career
Woody Harrelson joined the cast of Cheers in 1985 and remained on the show for eight seasons. Other stars in the show included Ted Danson, Shelley Long, Kirstie Alley and Rhea Perlman. After Cheers ended, Woody Harrelson reprised his role of Woody Boyd in the spin-off series Frasier which starred Kelsey Grammar and David Hyde Pierce.
In 2001, Woody Harrelson played the role of Grace's new boyfriend in another popular US sitcom, Will and Grace.
Harrelson's first move on to the big screen came in 1986, when he appeared in Wildcats with Goldie Hawn. He then starred in the hugely successful comedy White Men Can't Jump, with Wesley Snipes. He reunited with Snipes in 1995's Money Train, which failed to attract the audience of White Men Can't Jump.
1993 saw Woody Harrelson appearing in the acclaimed drama Indecent Proposal, with Demi Moore and Robert Redford. Following on from the success of the film, Harrelson started to get offered far more substantial film roles, such as the role of Mickey Knox in Oliver Stone's controversial Natural Born Killers, alongside Juliette Lewis and Robert Downey Jr.
In 1996, Harrelson starred alongside Anne Bancroft and Jon Seda in Sunchaser. That year, he also featured in Kingpin, with Randy Quaid and Vanessa Angel.
A pivotal moment in Woody Harrelson's film career came when he was cast in the role of Larry Flynt in Milos Forman's The People Vs. Larry Flynt, The highly acclaimed film had Courtney Love playing the role of Althea Flynt, Harrelson's on-screen wife. This opened the door to more serious roles for Woody Harrelson, who went on to appear on films such as 1997's Welcome to Sarajevo and Wag the Dog. The following year, he landed roles in The Thin Red Line with Sean Penn and Adrien Brody and Palmetto, with Elisabeth Shue and Chloe Sevigny.
Taking a break from movies, Woody Harrelson returned to the silver screen in 2003, when he played the role of a security guard in the comedy Anger Management, which co-starred Jack Nicholson and Adam Sandler.
In 2006, Woody Harrelson featured in A Scanner Darkly, a partly animated feature that also starred Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder and Robert Downey Jr.
Woody Harrelson played a small but significant role in the highly acclaimed No Country For Old Men. The film was directed by Joel and Ethan Coen and starred Kelly Macdonald, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin and Tommy Lee Jones.
Harrelson then returned to comedy, with an appearance in the basketball farce Semi-Pro, with Will Ferrell, followed by the zombie-comedy Zombieland, with Jese Eisenberg and Emma Stone.
In 2009, Woody Harrelson was nominated for a number of awards for his stellar performance in The Messenger, in which he worked alongside Ben Foster and Jena Malone.
Woody Harrelson: Personal Life
Woody Harrelson married Nancy Simon in 1985. Their original intention had been to divorce the next day. However, when the marriage / divorce parlour they had visited was closed the following day, they eventually remained married for 10 months.
In 2008, Harrelson married his girlfriend of over 20 years, Laura Louie, with whom he has three daughters.
Filming for the upcoming sequel 'Now You See Me: The Second Act' was seen taking place in London. In the scene that was filmed, one member of the cast was seen performing street magic in the rain, with one of his final tricks being to stop the rain entirely.
Sunday's Golden Globe Awards will fire the starting pistol on 2015's gong season.
Awards season is now picking up a head of steam, with the Golden Globes just around the corner. The ceremony is being broadcast on Sunday January 11th on NBC at 7pm, so here’s a little reminder of the front runners.
The nominations for 72nd edition of the annual awards show were announced on December 11th. The Michael Keaton-starring Birdman received the most film nominations with seven, including Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy category), Best Director and Best Performance for an Actor.
Birdman, starring Michael Keaton, leads the way in the Golden Globes nominations with seven. The ceremony is on Sunday night.
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But is 'Mockingjay Part 1' just a set up for the best yet to come?
'The Hunger Games' continues to go from strength to strength, garnering solid reviews and big box office takings. The latest instalment, 'Mockingjay Part 1', debuted at number one on both the American and British box office charts, and looks likely to hold the top spot until 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' opens next month.
Jennifer Lawrence makes another stunning performance in 'Mockingjay Part 1'
Critics have given the film a 66% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes, down from 84% for the 2012 original film and 89% for 'Catching Fire'. This is probably due to the fact that third novel 'Mockingjay' has been split into two movies, which leaves 'Part 1' sometimes feeling like a set-up to something much more exciting still to come.
This four-part franchise, based on the Suzanne Collins novels, turns very dark with this strikingly bold third film, which once again makes the most of perspective to recount a parable about normal people rising up against oppression. This may be a sci-fi apocalypse, but the story is packed with present-day resonance and messy characters who are sometimes unnervingly easy to identify with. So while things get very grim in this chapter, it's still a hugely engaging film, packed with real-life humour and emotion. And it makes Mockingjay Part 2 unmissable.
The story picks up not long after the chaos of the Quarter Quell, when Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) realised that she had been a pawn for a planned revolution that cast her as the iconic Mockingjay. Now in hiding, the rebels need her to assume the role publicly, but she has other concerns. So she makes a deal with rebel President Coin (Julianne Moore) and her sidekick Plutarch (Philip Seymour Hoffman) that she'll help them if they guarantee safety for the captured Peeta (Josh Hutcherson), who has apparently been brainwashed so he can be used for propaganda purposes by the Capitol's President Snow (Donald Sutherland). Working with her old hunting buddy Gale (Liam Hemsworth), Katniss takes on the Mockingjay role, locking horns with Snow as the rebellion grows in strength.
Once again, director Francis Lawrence vividly tells the story from Katniss' imperfect point of view. This is a teen consumed with anger and confusion, and she can't figure out why she's so inspiring to everyone who looks at her. But she's beginning to understand her impact and how she can use it to help the people she loves. This makes her heroism remarkably human, rather than the usual noble movie self-sacrifice. And Jennifer Lawrence brings so much depth to Katniss that the character transcends even the most jarring plot points. Her internal journey also makes this much more than yet another dystopian teen adventure.
Continue reading: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 Review
With the incredible ramifications of the end of the yearly ritualistic sacrificial televised Hunger Games, the world is thrown into disarray when the supposed saviour of the underprivileged working class travels to District 13 to help with the revolution she inadvertently started. Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) is the last hope and symbol of resistance against the capitol that seeks to keep her and her people as poverty-stricken slaves, and after surviving the aforementioned Hunger Games twice, Katniss must learn that 'it is the things we love most that destroy us.' Now, with an army at her back, Katniss must change the course of history and bring freedom to the masses through a global armed revolution.