Zach Galifianakis (born Zacharius Knight Galifianakis, 1.10.1969)
Zach Galifianakis is an American stand-up comedian and actor, known for his TV and film appearances, including his own Comedy Central Presents. After starting off as an underground comedian, Zach's career hit the mainstream after he appeared in the Todd Phillips-directed comedy movies, The Hangover and Due Date.
Zach Galifianakis: Childhood
Zach Galifianakis was born to Mary Francis and Harry Galifianakis, in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. His mother ran a community arts centre and his father was a heating oil vendor. Zach was raised as Greek Orthodox; his father's faith. He attended Wilkes Central High School, then North Carolina State University, majoring in communication.
Zach Galifianakis: Career
Zach Galifianakis' TV career began in 1996, when he played the role of the stoner, Billy, in Boston Common. After this, he started work as a writer on Saturday Night Live, but only lasted for two weeks.
He went on to land a number of roles in films such as Out Cold, Corky Romano, Bubble Boy with Jake Gyllenhaal and Heartbreakers, with Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ray Liotta and Sigourney Weaver.
In September 2001, Galifianakis' episode of Comedy Central Presents was aired, featuring an a capella group singing 'Eternal Flame' by The Bangles. The following year, Galifianakis became a talk show host, with Late World with Zach. His next TV role came when he landed the role of the coroner Davis in Tru Calling. The series also featured Eliza Dushku and Jason Priestley. Galifianakis has also appeared a number of times on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
Zach Galifianakis then starred in Dog Bites Man, a spoof news show, as Alan Finger. He also appeared on an episode of The Sarah Silverman Program.
2006 saw Galifianakis feature in Fiona Apple's music video, for the song 'Not About Love', lip-synching the lyrics to the song. The following year, Kanye West asked him and Will Oldham to do the same for his song 'Can't Tell Me Nothing.
On the comedy website Funny or Diem Zach Galifianakis has a series of videos entitled 'Between Two Ferns', in which he interviews a number of celebrities, including Charlize Theron, Michael Cera, Ben Stiller, Steve Carell and Bruce Willis.
In 2009, Zach Galifianakis starred in the hit comedy movie The Hangover, along with Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Heather Graham. Following his role in The Hangover, Galifianakis appeared in the Oscar-nominated Up in the Air, which starred George Clooney. Having only lasted for two weeks as a writer on Saturday Night Live, Galifianakis then went on to host an episode of the show.
2010 saw Zach Galifianakis appear in a number of films, including Dinner for Schmucks, with Steve Carell and Paul Rudd, It's Kind of a Funny Story and Due Date, with Robert Downey Jr. It was also announced that he would star in the sequel to The Hangover.
Zach Galifianakis: Personal Life
Zach Galifianakis is dating Quinn Lundberg, the co-founder of the charity, Growing Voices.
Scott Eastwood hits the red carpet in Los Angeles, Ryan Gosling meets his fans in London, and Paul Reubens gets back into Pee-Wee gear for his new movie. Trailers this week offer glimpses at a comedy from Jack Black, action with Pierce Brosnan, both comedy and action with Zach Galifianakis, and a moving documentary about Amy Winehouse...
Rising-star hunk Scott Eastwood hit the red carpet in Los Angeles this week for the premiere of his new movie The Longest Ride, a romantic drama based on the Nicholas Sparks novel. Sparks was on-hand as well, along with costars Oona Chaplin, Britt Robertson, Melissa Benoist and director George Tillman Jr.
David is a night guard for a company that sells armoured vehicles (known as Loomis Fargo & Company) in North Carolina; and he's not exactly what you'd call a genius. Desperate for a lifestyle away from his routine, low paid job, he sets up a massive heist; intending to break into a vault containing millions of dollars with his co-conspirators Kelly and Steve. They manage to make off with more than $17 million, making it one of the largest bank heists in American history (technically so, as most of the money belonged to the bank). Initially, the police have no leads and David hopes that using the money for something good will redeem him in the eyes of God. The FBI has other ideas when it becomes clear whose behind the robbery.
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Mexican filmmaker Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu continues to reject traditional narrative structures with this whizzy, ambitious exploration of celebrity, art and commerce. And the clever casting of Michael Keaton adds another layer of meaning to the whole film, which is shot as one long wildly entertaining single take and pointedly subtitled "The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance". Blackly hilarious and darkly emotional, this is an exploration of how show business can push a person to the brink of madness. And maybe knock them over the edge.
Keaton stars as Riggan, once a top movie star known for his three Birdman blockbusters. But he hasn't done anything notable since, and is now trying to reboot his career by directing, adapting and starring in a Broadway play based on a Raymond Chandler story. The problem is that no one will let him escape from the iconic superhero character he's best known for, least of all Birdman himself, who mentally haunts and taunts Riggan at every turn. Meanwhile in the theatre, Riggan locks horns with costar Mike (Edward Nortan), a controlling show-off brought in at the request of lead actress Lesley (Naomi Watts). As opening night approaches, Riggan and his producer-friend Jake (Zach Galifianakis) are also struggling with the demands of high-maintenance costar Laura (Andrea Riseborough), plus distractions from Riggan's daughter-assistant (Emma Stone) and ex-wife (Amy Ryan).
Inarritu and ace cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki tell this story as if it's one continuous snaky shot with the camera following Riggan through the maze-like backstage corridors, into the theatre and out into nearby Times Square streets. The virtuoso filmmaking is simply breathtaking, and it works perfectly because all of the characters are packed with pungent details and fully developed inner lives. The actors find all kinds of quirks that are both hilarious and darkly thoughtful, creating jagged interaction as they cross paths with each other, sparring riotously for attention. Every scene bristles with startling revelations and barbed jabs at the Hollywood system.
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The cast and crew of 'Birdman' discuss the visionary filming techniques behind the movie in a short featurette. Among them are director, writer and producer Alejandro González Iñárritu, producers John Lesher and James W. Skotchdopole, and stars Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Zach Galifianakis, Andrea Riseborough and Amy Ryan.
Inarritu explains his initial idea of having the audience see the movie through the eyes of main character Riggan Thomas himself, which resulted in a one-take experience that struck fear in the hearts of the cast who, as Emma reveals, constantly had to be switched on in their roles. We also get a glimpse into the semi-hallucination effects that affect Riggan throughout the movie.
'BiRDMAN (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)' is released in UK cinemas on 1st January 2015.
Riggan Thomas (Michael Keeton) is faced with a serious problem. In an attempt to make himself appear relevant in the new world following his role as television superhero Birdman twenty years ago, he has written a stage adaptation of sixty-year-old book. But his problem is, that the actor hired to star in the production has dropped out. The plays producer, Jake (Zach Galifianakis) is in the process of explaining how much trouble they are in, when Lesley (Naomi Watts) explains that her lover, the famous Mike Shiner (Edward Norton) is ready and willing to step into the role.
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Zach Galifianakis and Louis CK have teamed up for the new FX comedy show 'Baskets' - set to debut in 2016.
FX has placed a 10-episode for 'Baskets' - a comedy produced by and starring Zach Galifianakis about a corporate businessman who leaves his job to pursue his dreams of becoming a respected clown. The show will begin production next year with a scheduled launch in 2016. The pilot was written by Galifianakis, Louis CK - who also produces - and Jonathan Kristel, who directed the episode.
Zach Galifianakis at the New Yorker Festival [Getty/Neilson Barnard]
"Zach Galifianakis, Louis C.K. and Jonathan Krisel have created an absolutely brilliant show," said Eric Schrier, co-president of original programming for FX Networks and FX Productions. "To say Zach's portrayal of the lead character Chip Baskets is hilarious/unique/riveting/fascinating would be an understatement. We can't wait for the world to meet him."
Continue reading: Clowning Around: FX Orders Zach Galifianakis, Louis CK Comedy 'Baskets'
20 years ago, Riggan Thomas (Michael Keaton) played the iconic Birdman - a comic book hero for the big screen. Having watched his career dissolve in the intervening years, Riggan has adapted a Raymond Carver's What We Talk About When We Talk About Love and intends to direct and star in it as part of his big come back. In an attempt to show the world that he still matters, he ends up struggling most of all to prove his worth to both himself and his family. As troubles begin to emerge in the run up to the opening night, Thomas becomes haunted by his early fame, manifesting as a Birdman alter ego.
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The Los Angeles Film Festival opens with the hotly anticipated Snowpiercer as Dustin Hoffman films a Roald Dahl story in London. And trailers tease for new movies starring Thwaites, Alba, Wilson, Brosnan, Pike and Wahlberg...
Tilda Swinton, Ed Harris, Alison Pill and John Cho were among the celebrities who turned out this week for the opening night of the Los Angeles Film Festival, which kicked off with the premiere of Bong Joon-ho's futuristic thriller Snowpiercer. It's based on a French comic book and stars Chris Evans, who's currently in London filming Avengers: Age of Ultron. Watch the action-packed trailer and find out more about 'Snowpiercer' here.
Also in London, Dustin Hoffman was caught on camera shooting scenes for his new film Esio Trot, based on the Roald Dahl story about a bachelor who falls for his neighbour, but is frustrated that she only seems to care about her pet tortoise. Costars include Judi Dench and James Corden. Take a peak at the Dustin Hoffman filming photos here.
Riggan Thompson used to be a major movie star having played a much-loved onscreen superhero, Birdman, in his more prolific years. However, he's starting to believe he was just a one trick pony as he struggles desperately to get his Broadway debut underway having just written his first play. Things just don't seem to be going right for Riggin, however, when everything surrounding the production begins to fall apart and he has to cast a younger and cockier actor for the main role - a man he utterly abhors and feels he simply cannot work with. Not only that, but his personal life is also taking a massive blow and he must find a way to reconnect with his family so that, maybe, he can re-discover himself along the way.
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It looks like a return to form for Michael Keaton in "Birdman'. Check out the trailer below.
We always had a feeling that Birdman was going to be good. It has a lot going for it. Babel’s Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu is behind the camera for a start – and the cast is probably one of the most impressive and intriguing line-ups in recent years: Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Zach Galfianakis, Emma Stone and Naomi Watts.
Michael Keaton in 'Birdman'
Oh, and then there’s the plot. Birdman tells the story of a washed-up actor (Birdman) who once played an iconic superhero (Yeah, we know) and must overcome his own ego and family troubles as he mounts a Broadway play in a bid to reclaim his past glory.
Steve Dallas may have a high-flying career as a TV weather man, but it hasn't affected his feelings for his distinctly less successful best buddy Ben Baker. The pair have been joined at the hip since their childhood, despite their vast personal differences, so when Ben attempts to barge into the studio to speak to Steve, the latter is by his side immediately. Ben's father has passed away and thus needs someone around who understands him and who can pull him through one of the toughest times of his life. Things get complicated though when Mr Baker Sr.'s last will and testament requests Ben be the receiver of his house, business and estate. Unfortunately, though, Ben is less than up to the task of taking on the family business and so Steve helps him find a way to get him back on his feet emotionally.
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The Webbys honours a rag-tag bag of internet influencers.
The winners of the Webby Awards were announced on Monday, revealing a whole host of honorees dedicated to excellence on the internet. Google, Jay Z, Justin Bieber, and Kickstarter are just a few of the many winners picked out for innovation online. The awards' judges included Tumblr founder David Karp, Arianna Huffington and House of Cards actor Kevin Spacey.
Jay Z & Beyoncé Gain A Load More Accolades Thanks To The Webby Awards.
Music's power couple Jay Z and Beyoncé are yet again the stars of the show, with Jay Z's Magna Carter Holy Grail app winning for best music app while the 'Drunk In Love' pop star won the People's Voice Award in the celebrity fan category for her site, Beyonce.com.
Date of birth
1st October, 1969