Matt Bomer, Magnificent 7 Filmography Biography, Photos

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We all know that actors and actresses are often judged on and applauded for their sex appeal as much or more than for their ability to portray ‘real people’, with all the gamut of emotions that real people exhibit. We all know this sort of judgment isn’t fair but we do it anyway, or most of us do. How satisfying when someone comes along who makes it easy for us – someone with powerful sex appeal and a huge talent to go with it. It’s fair to say that Matt Bomer is one of those.

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At this point that last statement will be news to most people; Bomer hasn’t gained a huge reputation and his name isn’t usually first in the credits listings. In fact it’s interesting that all but one of the awards he’s won or been nominated for are for supporting roles – and this could be a major clue in putting together a description of his career so far, and his appeal to fans of all descriptions.

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Matt Bomer was born in Webster Groves, Missouri but the family moved to Spring (a suburb of Houston), Texas by the time he started school and that’s where he spent his growing-up years through high school. Matt’s father, John O’Neill 1V, was a draft pick for the Dallas Cowboys; we don’t know much about his Mom, Elizabeth aka Sissi, only that she must have been supportive of Matt’s early interest in acting.

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His first thespian experience was in Houston’s non-profit Alley Theater, while he was still in high school, and he went straight from there to the Carnegie Mellon University (of drama) in Pittsburgh, PA. Graduating in 2001 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree he went straight on to New York, reportedly working in several minor stage roles until he ‘joined the soaps’.

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Matt got a part in two episodes of All My Children in 1970; that role got him into a much longer gig with Guiding Light, a long-term and well-loved soap opera in which his character, Ben Reade, was one of the major players. Ben was a ‘disturbed’ young man who gained a whole lot of fans along the way – even though he turned out to be a murderer he endeared himself to the hearts of the GL audience. The episode where he strips down to white briefs has been cherished by countless fans – and was probably the first time mass audiences got a good look at his way-better-than-average body.
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Matt’s next move was to a Fox TV supernatural series called Tru Calling in which he played the love interest of a psychic named Tru Davies, a med student in financial straits who takes a job in a morgue and discovers that she has strange powers of changing or preventing events such as murder and suicide.

Luc (Matt) was her photographer boyfriend in 14 episodes during the series’ first season, then he was killed, script-wise, in 2004.

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Following that death, he went on to various small roles, appearing briefly in another soap, North Shore and in 2005 a film with Jodie Foster called Flight Plan in which he was a (gorgeous) flight attendant. Next, in 2006 he had a starring role along with Jordana Brewster and R. Lee Ermey in a total reversal of roles, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning. This was a prequel to the original 2003 Massacre and it got only mediocre reviews; most every cast member got dismembered anyway.

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In 2007 Matt had a starring role in what would be a short-lived TV series called Traveler. During an interview after that show he made the comment that he had nothing against any particular media, just hoped that writers and producers would “. . . continue to work on projects that kind of challenge artists and hopefully affect people in a positive way.” That quote could be a motif of sorts for his choice of roles in the years since then.

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Also in 2007, “spy guy” became Matt’s new moniker when he took on the role of Bryce Larkin in another TV series, this time NBC’s Chuck; that one ran for five seasons with the Bryce character getting killed off not once but twice. There’s still a possibility for another resurrection, if the show’s producers should come up with further story ideas for the comedy/drama of CIA agents, a mysterious and sinister computer program called Interface and scads of nefarious undercover activities.  Bomer came away from that with an even larger fan base, plus some training in martial arts.

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Now we come to the stage where Matt’s career took a notable turn upward; with his starring role in White Collar as a charismatic and talented con artist named Neal Caffrey opposite co-star Tim DeKay as Peter Burke, a hard-working FBI agent. The series ran on USA Network from 2009 to the end of 2014 and was nominated for several major awards, with Matt nominated for several of his own and winning that of 2015 Favorite TV Character Actor based on his performance as Neal.
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White Collar got 100% ratings on Rotten Tomatoes through its entire run, and Matt Bomer was voted TV’s Sexiest Man in 2011 by entertainment website BuddyTV Somewhat ironically it was also in 2011 that Matt got married to Simon Hall, and it was during a 2012 award ceremony for Matt’s work in the campaign against HIV/AIDS that he first announced to the public that he is gay and in a long-term relationship that includes three surrogate children. That information came as little surprise to many, but definitely disappointed a lot of adoring female fans.

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Again, not too surprisingly it didn’t seem to faze anybody as far as his acting career goes; he has told interviewers that it’s a great relief to “. . . live with integrity and not have some strange split psychology . . .” of being one person in public and another at home. He said it wasn’t really by choice that he played ‘straight’ roles for ten years, and is very grateful for the far greater tolerance that prevails in the current day and age.

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Back to 2011 to fill in some gaps:  Matt co-starred with Cheyenne Jackson (of 30 Rock) at the NYC Eugene O’Neill Theatre presentation of 8, Dustin Lance Black’s play about two of the central litigants in the Proposition 8 trial regarding California’s attempt to ban gay marriage.  He was also featured as Henry Hamilton, a 105-year-old man, in a sci-fi thriller called In Time. The film got mixed and rather ho-hum reviews; Matt’s character Henry Hamilton dies nobly early on, having given his ‘life time’ to a young man (Justin Timberlake as Will.)

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From comments made in various interviews, Matt’s 2012 role as stripper Ken in Magic Mike was a bit of a break-through; his comedic talent as well as his superb physique made the role a cinch – even though he said, “It was like a stripper boot camp. We embarrassed ourselves in our own rehearsal room.” But, he continued, the group “manned up together to get it done,” Matt didn’t know at the time that he would be returning to ‘boot camp’ as a seasoned pro, in the 2015 sequel, Magic Mike XXL.

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Before that, however, Matt had a supporting role in Space Station 76 (2014) and a small part in Akiva Goldsman’s adaptation of Mike Helprin’s novel Winter’s Tale, also released in 2014. Neither film made box office news, but as Matt says, it’s not all about money; doing good work is what’s important and he always tried to do his best work whatever the role or the situation.

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For his role as Felix Turner in The Normal Heart, Matt lost about 40 pounds – and as he says, gained an immense respect for the people who tried to deal with and publicize the tragedy of  AIDS to the gay community, which was mostly not ‘out’, and to the government. The critically acclaimed HBO movie was powerfully moving for most of its viewers; Matt said that he read the play as a confused teenager and it changed his entire world view. He won a Golden Globe as Best Supporting Actor for that performance.

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It’s hard to keep track . . . but we note that starting in 2014, Matt has been appearing in the highly rated TV drama/horror series American Horror Story. He was a male prostitute named Andy who got killed off in Season 1, and a major character named Donovan throughout Season V. As of now the rumor is that he’ll be showing up in Season 6 but no details have yet been released.

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The Nice Guys, released in May this year, gave Matt a chance to show some different colors, as he says, and admitted that it was fun playing the bad guy and doing his own stunts, with co-stars Russell Crowe and Bryan Gosling. He said “. . . anytime you get a chance to play a cold-blooded, borderline robotic assassin who comes in the visage of John Boy from The Waltons . . . that’s gotta be funny.” He thinks it was, and so do his cohorts in the film.

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As yet another in his list of diverse roles, Matt’s latest is to reach theatres this weekend (September 23rd) with a comparative lack of fanfare. A remake of the classic Western, this one directed by Antoine Fuqua, the film has Matt in a supporting role as The Magnificent Seven ride again. The movie will also feature Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio and Haley Bennett, along with (in this case) bad guy Peter Sarsgaard.

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From minor supporting actor to star to minor supporting actor to co-star . . . Matt Bomer has swooped and soared. We will see him next, according to all reports, as the iconic actor Montgomery Clift in an HBO biopic now in production. Monty Clift is an honorarium to the actor’s life and death; it will include his rise to stardom and his deterioration in what his acting teacher called “… the longest suicide in Hollywood history.”

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Matt says he feels a certain kinship with Clift, and has since he first saw the actor onscreen and thought he “looked just like my brother”.  The two bear a remarkable resemblance physically, but whereas Clift’s sexual preferences had to be kept secret, which undoubtedly contributed to his failing mental and physical health, Matt’s have been accepted – and even if not, he’s up to the challenge, and we say hooray.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Gal Gadot real life soldier, model, and Wonder Woman, photos, trailers

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Just lately a lot of people are wondering about this woman who is about to star in a series of movies about the Most Powerful Female Force for Good since Gisele in Fast and Furious. Well yeah, if you change the modus operandi from driving fast to a swift kick in the head.

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Wonder Woman is basically the female version of Superman; in her case she comes from a mythical island populated by women only and she’s about 5,000 years old, according to historical records obtained from Warner Brothers.

 

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For a more realistic background of the new Wonder Woman persona, we go back to April 30th of 1985 in Rosh HaAyin, Israel. Gal – pronounced ‘Gahl’ – Gadot was born to native Israeli parents and her grandparents were Holocaust survivors. That heritage certainly hasn’t done her any harm; rather it’s contributed to her current enviable position as the embodiment of womanly power.

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As an Israeli citizen Gal, like every other able-bodied young Israeli, did a mandatory two year stint in the military beginning at the age of 20, and from reports the training in that army is as rigorous as any in the world.

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She was also good at it; good enough to be an instructor herself during her term of service. She has noted that the training in discipline has served her well in her career, not to mention giving her a notable leg up on the competition when it comes to movie stunts.

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A little more background: Gal said in an interview with Glamour magazine that she has always loved acting and loved being in the spotlight; she told a story about herself at the age of five spraying a bunch of her parents’ party guests with a garden hose because they wouldn’t pay her any attention. However, she didn’t think seriously about acting until she was invited to enter the Miss Israel contest.

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Much to her surprise, according to Gal, she won, but when competing for Miss Universe, she balked. She was late for the pageant and refused to wear an evening gown to breakfast – apparently part of the protocol.

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She says she didn’t come close to winning but made a lot of friends because she “wasn’t a threat”. Didn’t matter though, since she got plenty of attention with the Miss Israel title, and modeling jobs came in large numbers.

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Modeling wasn’t nearly enough for our Gal; she got the role of Giselle in the Fast & Furious film franchise, which got her even more attention, and from there it wasn’t a great leap to the first appearance as Wonder Woman.

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When she auditioned for a role in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Gal said she thought she was auditioning for Cat Woman; she didn’t realize it was Wonder Woman until she was called to test with Ben Affleck, the new personification of Superman.

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Gal Gadot has stated often and in varying ways that her aim is to find roles that call for an independent woman who doesn’t rely on men to tell her what’s what and how to do it, and Wonder Woman sure fits the bill. She has all the most desirable female traits – and superb muscle tone to boot – and she’s not afraid to show gentleness and compassion or to kick ass when appropriate.

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There’s a lot to be said for the freedom to be both fierce and forgiving; it certainly cuts down on the stereotyping most super-heroes can expect.

It’s interesting that some star-watchers and critics have booed the idea of Gal Gadot as the all-American heroine since she’s not an American. Neither was the original comic book Wonder Woman, so that sort of scraps that argument.

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She’s also been said to lack the fulsome physical attributes of the Marilyn Monroe – or Lynda Carter – school of thought; her curves include toned muscles that she’s able to use with devastating effect when disabling bad guys, so that’s a plus, not a lack.

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With numerous and varied smaller roles under her belt, not to mention intensive training in the martial arts of jujutsu, kickboxing, Kung Fu and swords, Gal is better prepared than most of her competition, both in the auditioning process and in battles between Good and Evil.

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Her reaction to this sort of body- criticism is quite calm and rational; she expects to “bulk up” with all the physical training. As for her bust size, she reminded interviewers that ‘historically’ Amazon women had only one breast – bodies designed for archery, you see. Probably most viewers, no matter how critical, would prefer two.

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When Gal Gadot appears as Wonder Woman in her own titled movie it will be the first movie made specifically about a female super-hero, though Wonder Woman has been around for 75 years. By the time this film comes out in June of 2017, the woman who portrays Wonder Woman will be 31 years old, a wife and mother of a 6-year-old daughter. She’ll also be a strong, intelligent – and beautiful- woman whose cinema super-powers are dedicated to good. ‘Power. Grace. Wisdom. Wonder.’  What a perfect tagline.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ana de Armas, War Dogs, Hands of Stone, filmography, photos, biography

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Not long ago GQ Magazine made the observation, or maybe prediction, that Ana de Armas “. . . is taking over Hollywood”.  A fairly extravagant statement, but in this case, where there’s smoke, there’s definitely fire.  Ana de Armas is a small Cuban force to be reckoned with.

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Ana was born in 1988 in Havana, grew up there and at the age of fourteen was accepted to the National Theatre School, a highly prestigious institution that takes only twelve new students each year.

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Precisely what talents and traits were developed prior to that are mostly unknown at this point, and her first appearance onscreen came after only two years, in a film called Una rosa de Francia. In 2007 she landed major roles in two more Spanish films, Madrigal and edén perdido.

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When she moved to Madrid at the age of eighteen and got a starring role in a Spanish series called El Enternado, her portrayal of Carolina Leal, a central character who tended towards hair-raising adventures, began to generate more than local interest.

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That show, by the way, is well worth a peek as it shows pretty clearly the potential of the teenager she was at the time. From that series Ana went on to another TV series, Havania, la leyenda, and several short films that didn’t get much attention.

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In 2014 Ana took herself and her resume to Los Angeles, figuring that if she wanted a career as an actress in the big time that was her best move.  It seems that she figured correctly, and she has the credits to prove it.

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She landed quite a few roles in films that did not become blockbusters, in fact some of them virtually disappeared from the movie news, but when she was teamed up with Keanu Reeves in 2015 it was Knock Knock – and here she is.

That film is more a semi-erotic horror story than anything else, but according to Ana it was great fun to make. She told an interviewer that Reeves’ innate tendency to remain aloof in emotional situations – and his dislike of the ‘touchy-feelie’ behavior of fans or even co-stars made it a delightful challenge to try and overreach the boundaries.

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There was quite a bit of ad lib action, mostly condoned by director Eli Roth, and overall the film served to highlight Ana’s acting talents.Ana de Armas, War Dogs, Hands of Stone, filmography, photos, biography,,,..

If you watch a few of her interviews, the contrast between characters she plays and the sweet-faced, guileless young woman is amazing.  Ana comes across as a basically untouched and innocent presence, though she has developed a professional surface that may or may not be a veneer.

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She’s as wide-eyed and enthusiastic as a kid when speaking to the movie press, but she has no problem projecting powerful emotions – including some serious rage – when the part calls for them.

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Of her work in Knock Knock, Ana says that she learned a great deal from Keanu, that the role was challenging but overall a very enjoyable experience. In another interview – in which her Spanish accent is much more pronounced than her screen character’s – she also noted that all of the three main characters in Knock Knock considered themselves victims, which made the action and dialogue believable even though some critics dismissed the film as lacking depth

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It’s not only interesting but downright impressive that when Ana first arrived in Los Angeles she barely spoke English. She had already completed filming on Hands of Stone, co-starring with Robert De Niro and Edgar Ramirez.

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The ‘boxing flick’ was filmed in Panama and is due for release this month; it’s likely that her role as the wife of Roberto Duran (Ramirez) was one that clinched her determination to find roles featuring strong women with notable contributions to character and plot – not just ‘the wife’.

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Ana has another film, due out this week in fact, that leaves something to be desired on that account, but still gives her a chance to demonstrate her considerable acting talents.  War Dogs (like Hands of Stone) is based on a true story, this one involving two small-time arms dealers who run afoul of the big guys, i.e. the U. S. government and the competition.  She plays the girlfriend in this case, and can hardly be heard over the gunfire and shouting, so we’ll have to wait for the next one, which is also coming soon.

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Ana de Armas has stated that she wants to try all kinds of roles . . . “I want to do everything,” she says

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 2016/IIIExposed Isabel De La Cruz
 2015Anabel Cris
 2013Faraday
 2012Perrito chino (Short) Sabina
 2011El callejón Rosa / Laura
 2010-2011Hispania, la leyenda (TV Series) Nerea

 2007-2010El internado (TV Series) Carolina Leal Solís

 2009Y de postre, qué (Short) Girl
 2009Mentiras y gordas Carola
 2008Revelados (TV Series)
 2007El edén perdido (TV Movie)
 2007Madrigal Stella Maris (as Ana Celia de Armas)
 2006Una rosa de Francia Marie (as Ana Celia de Armas)

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So far has offered the best indication of her potential – apart from her lovely person and winsome personality. The carefully guarded details of her latest project allow a lot of conjecture but not much more.  It’s already getting substantial publicity, since it’s a sequel to the 1982 hit Sci-Fi thriller .  will see Harrison Ford reprising his role as Richard Deckard, and Ana has “a leading role”.

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So far Knock Knock has offered the best indication of her potential – apart from her lovely person and winsome personality. The carefully guarded details of her latest project allow a lot of conjecture but not much more.  It’s already getting substantial publicity, since it’s a sequel to the 1982 hit Sci-Fi thriller Blade RunnerBlade Runner 2 will see Harrison Ford reprising his role as Richard Deckard, and Ana has “a leading role”.

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Exactly what that role is has been kept under wraps, though filming is reportedly underway as of last month.  Also starring Ryan Gosling, Robin Wright and Dave Bautista, whose precise roles are also undisclosed at present, the movie is scheduled to be out in October of 2017.  When asked about the specifics and her role in the film Ana made one of the most quotable quotes we’ve heard lately- though we’re pretty sure it’s been made before.  “It’s the future.  Anything can happen,” she said,  and that is most certainly the case for Ana de Armas.

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