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Producer Robert Kaltreider talks with K Magazine Reporter Saytue Say about how times have changed and what it’s like being the older guy on America's Next Big TV Star.
Saytue Saye: When did you start acting? Robert: I started when I was 12 years old. I auditioned for night of the living dead, that was a long time ago (laughs). I didn't get the part, but it was a great experience. Saytue Saye: That must have been fun, but scary (laughs). I heard you are a preacher, is that true? Robert: I use to preach; mostly I was traveling and preaching on the road. I went to school for it, and while I was preaching I was working with the youth which was very rewarding! Saytue Saye: Wow, that's great that you worked with the youth, we need more of that! You are part of Americas Next Big TV Star. How is that coming? Robert: It’s like American Idol. It’s hard because they give you the part and, I'm not a good actor, hip hop artist, and I'm older. It started out with 25, now it is down to 7. It’s a challenge to me because I'm an older guy. Saytue Saye: Really? The numbers dropped a lot. So, what is your major goal as of now? Robert: Just fulfilling my goals and show that I've done it all. I want to do standup comedy as my next challenge. Saytue Saye: What do you see yourself doing 4 or 5 years from now? Robert: Hope I'm still living (laughs) I want to show the world age is just a number. You can still do what u want to do. People understand the world is changing, because they see the change around them every day. Let's take Kevin Smith for instance. I'm the producer for Kevin Smith and am honored for the opportunity to work with a young 14 year old intelligent young man. Saytue Saye: I understand, when I talk to him I get intimidated and I'm older. He is young, but so mature. Well, it was a pleasure speaking with you Robert, looking forward to hearing you again! Robert: Thank you!
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Many people are curious to know who Saytue “Sayewhat” Saye is. Are you one of them? Besides, the name is more so unexpected from what you may think it really stands for. In the next article, I will give you a bio telling you who Saytue “Sayewhat” Saye is and what she isn't.
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Saytue Saye- The Name I know you're probably wondering if Saytue Saye is actually a name and yes, it is her biological name. She was born in Monrovia West Africa, Liberia on November 28, 1986 to Vaye Saye and Raimatue Saye. And as you can see, she got her name from her parents; the "Saye" in her dad's last name and "Tue" in her mother's name. It's a very rare and unique name, which totally fit her, if I must say. Saytue Saye is kind of different from most people and very deep at words and has love for the arts and crafts. She started writing poetry at age 10. At first it was something to follow, because her older sister Sylvia did it. As time progressed, she realized that writing poetry wasn't something just for fun. It was part of her life to express herself in a way that she couldn't open herself up in real life. She began writing her poetic autobiography book, "Sweet Life in Poetry", which is a 250 page real and out of text poetry book that keeps it 100 on all aspects of ignorance, sex, pain, love, disgrace, inspiration, and life as a young misunderstood African girl. Saytue Saye is a stutterer that has a lot to say and she doesn't intend biting her tongue either. If you ask anyone about Saytue, they will tell you that she is a natural born writer. In a sense, writing poetry made her aware of her talent and love for writing at a young age and not to mention, it scaled her skill to writing better and interesting topics other than poetry. Growing up wasn't easy for Saytue. She would oftentimes get in commotions with females, because she got a lot of attention from their boyfriends and she also lost some of her closest friends and popularity due to certain standards that she refuses to go by. In result of drama she transferred to Berkrmar High School, located in Gwinnett, Georgia where her mother had to drive 40 minutes every day to school. Even though she hung around her very popular cousin Ivis, Saytue struggled with Social Anxiety unknowingly, because of her middle school years. She always felt out of place and unwanted, even though it wasn't the case. Her lack of socialism made it hard for her to make real friends, so she kept to herself most of the time. In the 11th Grade, she decided it was enough and began going to school closer to her home, Redan High School. She had a few friends, but was still antisocial. In the 12th grade, an unexpected thing happened. Her sister Sylvia got murdered by her ex boyfriend. This hit Saytue hard. She felt like everything was taken from her and felt extremely lonely and depressed. Being the type of person she is however, everybody said she was strong, because they never saw her cry or show any emotion. And that was the problem; it's hard for Saytue to show any emotion, unless it's on paper.
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t n a v e r T n Jayde Saytue Saye Interviews Jayden Trevant 12/27/2011 Saytue Saye: Hi Jayden, thank you for talking to me! Jayden: Hi, and thank you! Saytue Saye: I checked out your website (www.wix.com/jaydentrevant/onlineportfolio) and you’re very photogenic. Jayden: Thank you Saytue Saye: You are absolutely welcome! Now, Jayden, when it comes to taking photos, what is your favorite thing about taking them? Jayden: My favorite thing is just being in front of the camera and I like to see my own photos. Saytue Saye: You do? Jayden: Yes! Saytue Saye: Why is that? Jayden: Because I just like, (pause), that’s a good question (giggles)! Saytue Saye: (laughs) Do you feel that looking at yourself makes you aware of the different mistakes you’ve done or see what you could’ve done better?
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Jayden: Well, I…. It’s just, I don’t know if my clothes aren’t good enough or the background wasn’t right, something like that. Saytue Saye: Ok, I see. Now, out of all the professions you can choose from, why do you choose to be an actor and a model? Jayden: Well, I choose to act because I’ve done modeling for about 5 years and I just wanted a little more of a challenge. Saytue Saye: So, what is so challenging about being a model or an actor? Jayden: For a model, you have all these different things you have to do. You have to perfect your position or pose, and if you’re on runway, you have to perfect your walk. As an actor, you have to memorize your lines and make them presentable. Saytue Saye: That’s definitely awesome! When you say that you have to perfect your positions and lines, who help you with doing that? Jayden: My mom helps me memorize a lot of it. She makes me say things over and over again. I have to say the lines to her until I get it right. Saytue Saye: Aww, and you know what, that is a beautiful thing because at the end of the day your mom or your father will be the only two that will probably push you into becoming the best that you can be. I totally agree with your mom in making you doing it over again, because I know that when I do certain things I can’t remember, it truly helps to say them 7 or 8 times. It gets stuck in your head, so big up’s to your mom on that. Jayden: Thank you. Saytue Saye: You’re welcome. I see that you wear a lot of designer clothes. Which are your favorites? Jayden: I like Southpole and Roca Wear and Eco. Saytue Saye: Ok. Is there a particular reason why? Is it because their clothes are nice or do you focus more on the name. Jayden: I like the designs that they use. Saytue Saye: I read that you are an honor roll student, so congratulations on that for your hard work. Do you feel like education plays a tremendous role in your focus? Jayden: Yes. Saytue Saye: Good! So why do you feel like it plays a tremendous role? Does it make you have confidence or, it just makes you feel like a… I don’t know, even though you’re 11 years old, but you can feel like an adult or mature? Jayden: I can learn lots of hard things in school. I’m pushed by that and say that if I can do that I can do anything. Saytue Saye: So, faith and positive thinking plays a bigger part? Jayden: Yes Saytue Saye: Where do you see yourself 4 or 5 years from now? Jayden: I would like to be an actor on TV and a successful model. Saytue Saye: Do you plan on going in the gym and getting all buffed up (Laughs)? Jayden: I can do that. (Laughs) Saytue Saye: One last question Jayden: I want to know if you have any encouraging words to tell other children that aspire to be models or actors. Jayden: I will say just go out there and do your best. If you don’t get it, just try it again and again. Saytue Saye: That reminds me of Aaliyah, when she says: if first you don’t succeed, dust yourself up and try again, right? Jayden: Right! Saytue Saye: Jayden, it was a pleasure speaking with you! We look forward to seeing you doing great things in your future and keep us updated. Jayden: Ok. K Magazine | 11
His mother Nikki said he started
performing at the age of 7, and would watch Michael Jackson and Chris Brown’s clips on YouTube and imitate what they did. That explains why Mr. Sincere is a 9 year old performer who knows how to leave the crowd wanting more. During a Black History program at Hightower High School in Missouri City, TX, the Drama Department President was looking for someone to pay tribute to the King of Pop, Michel Jackson. Sincere’s sister knew how much he loves Michel Jackson and thought back to those times when he would sit and dance to Jackson’s videos. After telling the President about her brother Sincere, the President asked Sincere to come and audition for the part. After auditioning for the part, the President was left in total shocked! Sincere danced to Jackson’s “I’m not he one” and mooned walked across the stage as if Jackson taught him how to do that himself.
Sincere is not only a dancer but also a singer and actor. He was asked to come back to Hightower to play the lead role in Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory and among other appearances at Churches and talent shows. Sincere says that he may only be 9 but he knows where his talent comes from. After a competition he wrote on the page, “I want to thank God for allowing me to bless others with the gift he has given me,” mother Nikki said.
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James Cameron Director, producer, and writer. Born on August 16, 1954, in Kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada. A science fiction fan as a child, James Cameron grew up to become one of the most visionary filmmakers in Hollywood. He initially pursued physics as a student at California State University at Fullerton, but he left to follow his cinematic dreams. Working as a truck driver, Cameron would pull off the road to work on screenplays. In 1978, Cameron made his first film, a science fiction short called Xenogenesis. The film helped him get a job with New World Pictures, a company run by famed B-movie director Roger Corman. At New World, Cameron worked in number of different roles, from art director on Battle Beyond the Stars (1980) to director onPiranha II: The Spawning (1981). Cameron's fortunes changed in 1984, when he wrote and directed the film The Terminator (1984). The movie told the gripping science fiction tale of a robot from the future (played by Arnold Schwarzenegger) who travels to the present day to hunt down the leader of the resistance in a yet-to-occur battle between humans and machines. The film became a critical and commercial hit, and helped Cameron land his next project, the sequel to Ridley Scott's Alien(1979), which featured Sigourney Weaver as a female action hero in space. Aliens (1986) received several Academy Award nominations.
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With The Abyss (1989), however, Cameron experienced a number of disappointments. The shoot for the film was grueling. Much of it was filmed in a huge underwater set, which took its toll on the cast and crew. After its release, critics and move-goers were not impressed with the story of scuba divers who encounter aliens while recovering a U.S. Navy submarine. The film's visual effects, however, were stunning and earned an Academy Award. Working with his third wife, Kathryn Bigelow, Cameron helped produce her 1991 action flick, Point Break (1991). The couple's two-year relationship ended around this same time. Cameron returned to form that same year with another box-office hit,Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991). The film earned more than $200 million, and broke new ground with its impressive visual effects. He later married one of the film's stars, Linda Hamilton. Mixing martial issues with undercover spies, Cameron wrote and directed True Lies (1994), starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Arnold Schwarzenegger. The film made it to No. 1 at the box office, grossed more than $378 million worldwide, and received an Oscar nod for its visual effects. Cameron then began a massive undertaking with his story Titanic, a movie about star-crossed lovers (played by Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet) trapped aboard the doomed Titanic ocean liner. To recreate one of the greatest disasters at sea, Cameron had a special studio built in Mexico, which featured a 17-million-gallon water tank and 775-foot replica of the Titanic. The film cost nearly $200 million to make, and was plagued with problems and delays. Many in the industry expected the film to tank just like its namesake, but Cameron proved the skeptics wrong. Opening in December 1997, the film received critical raves and strong ticket sales. Titanic became the first film to earn more than $1 billion and landed 14 Academy Award nominations. For his work on the film, Cameron took home three Oscarsâ€”for Best Director, Best Best Film Editing, and Best Picture. In 1999, he divorced Linda Hamilton and married actress Suzy Amis, who appeared in Titanic, in 2000. Continuing to be fascinated by the Titanic story, Cameron worked with his brother, Mike, to create new technology to film the undersea wreck of the infamous vessel. The result was the 3-D IMAX documentaryGhosts of the Abyss (2003). Two more documentaries followed in 2005: Volcanoes of the Deep andAliens of the Deep.
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Tyler Perry Writer, actor, producer, director. Born Emmitt Perry Jr. on September 13, 1969, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Tyler Perry has forged his own way in the entertainment industry, building an empire that consists of successful films, plays, and even a best-selling book. One of four children, he had a difficult childhood, suffering years of abuse at the hands of his carpenter father. He once described his father as a man "whose answer to everything was to beat it out of you." At one point, Perry even attempted suicide in an effort to escape his difficult situation. At 16, he changed his first name to Tyler to separate himself from his father. Perry dropped out of high school, but he eventually earned a general equivalency diploma, or GED, later. Trying to find his way professionally, he held a series of unfulfilling jobs before discovering his true passion. Watching an episode of Oprah Winfrey's talk show, Perry was inspired by a comment on the program about how writing about difficult experiences could lead to personal breakthroughs. He started a series of letters to himself, which became the basis for the musical I Know I've Been Changed. While the show tackled such tough subjects as child abuse, it also touched on forgiveness, a theme has remained central in many of his works and reflects his deep connection to his Christian faith.
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After saving up $12,000, Perry debuted the showâ€”which he directed, produced, and starred inâ€”at an Atlanta theater in 1992. The musical's run lasted only one weekend and drew a measly 30 people to see the show. Disappointed yet determined, Perry continued to work odd jobs while reworking the show. He staged the show in several other cities, but success still eluded him. Broke, Perry was living out of his car for a time. "Can you imagine a six-foot-five man sleeping in a Geo Metro?" he once told Essence magazine. In 1998, Perry tried one more time to win over theater audiences. He rented out the House of Blues in Atlanta for another production of I Know I've Been Changed. Soon Perry was performing to sell out crowds and the musical was moved to a larger theater. After so many years of hard work, he finally earned critical acclaim as well as commercial success. For his next project, Perry worked on an adaptation of evangelist T. D. Jakes's book Woman, Thou Art Loosed, which proved to be quite popular. His next effort, however, brought to life his most famous character Madea. The gun-toting, sharptongue grandma first appeared in his 2000 play, I Can Do Bad All by Myself. Basing Madea on his mother and several other mature women in his life, Perry played the eccentric character himself wearing drag. She next appeared in Diary of a Mad Black Woman (2001). Developing quite a following, Madea has starred in a number of plays, including Madea's Family Reunion (2002) and Madea's Class Reunion (2003). Perry toured extensively with his shows. According to his website, 35,000 people a week saw one of his shows in 2005. That same year, Perry proved himself to be a box office powerhouse with the release of his debut film, Diary of a Mad Black Woman, starring Kimberly Elise as the scorned wife and Steve Harris as the adulterous husband. Perry appeared as three different characters in the film, including the legendary Madea. Eventually grossing more than $50 million, the film's success showed Hollywood that there was a market for urban African American comedies. Perry's plays continued to make a successful leap to the big screen. He took on the leading role in Madea's Family Reunion (2006), which he also directed and produced, which scored well with movie goers bringing in more than $63 million.
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John Davis Davis was born and raised near Denver, Co., and is the son of former 20th Century Fox owner Marvin Davis. His obsession with film began as a youth when his father purchased the neighborhood film theater, where he sold popcorn and subsequently viewed up to 300 films a year. Davis graduated from Bowdoin College, attended Amherst College and received an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School. In 2005, he was acknowledged by the Hollywood Reporter as the industry's most successful producer. Davis has produced motion pictures in all genres, most notable in actionadventure, and family films. His films include Norbit, starring Eddie Murphy (in their fourth film together) for DreamWorks/Paramount; Garfield and Garfield 2, both for Fox; the Eddie Murphy comedy Daddy Day Care, produced with Revolution Studios; the two Dr. Dolittle films, starring Eddie Murphy; the Jack Lemmon/Walter Matthau trilogy Out to Sea, Grumpy Old Men, and Grumpier Old Men; and Fat Albert, written by Bill Cosby, among many others. Some of Davisâ€™s action-adventure titles include the science fiction thriller I, Robot starring Will Smith; The Firm, starring Tom Cruise; Courage Under Fire, starring Denzel Washington; Waterworld, starring Kevin Costner; Predator, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger; Behind Enemy Lines, starring Owen Wilson and Gene Hackman;
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Predator 2, starring Danny Glover; the John Woo action film, Paycheck, starring Ben Affleck and Uma Thurman, for Paramount; Alien vs. Predator, an action thriller combining the two classic creatures, and its sequel AVP2, for Fox, among many others. Other Davis productions include When a Stranger Calls, a remake of the 1979 horror classic, for Screen Gems; Life or Something Like It, starring Angelina Jolie; and the MGM film Heartbreakers, starring Sigourney Weaver, Gene Hackman and Jennifer Love Hewitt. Most recently he produced The Express, a real-life sports action drama, starring Dennis Quaid for Universal about college football hero Ernie Davis, the first African American Heisman Trophy winner. Davis is currently in production in London on his next feature for 20th Century Fox, Gulliver's Travels. Directed by Rob Letterman, it stars Jason Segel, Emily Blunt and Jack Black and tells the story of travel writer Lemuel Gulliver who takes an assignment in Bermuda but ends up on the island of Lilliput where he towers over the tiny citizens. Davis also continues to produce DVD premiere titles born out of his Garfield and Dr. Dolittle franchises as well as numerous other titles. Dr. Dolittle Goin’ to Hollywood and Dr. Dolittle: Tail to the Chief were both released by Fox Home Entertainment in 2008. Garfield Gets Real was followed by the 2008 release of Garfield Fun Fest, both also for Fox Home Entertainment. For television, Davis Entertainment Television produced the NBC made-fortelevision films The Jesse Ventura Story and Little Richard, as well as the ABC made-for-television film Miracle at Midnight, starring Sam Waterston. His television department has series and made-for-television films set up with television networks and cable broadcasters. For television and cable, Davis produced Asteroid, the NBC mini-series. Davis Entertainment also produced Volcano: Fire on the Mountain, for ABC; the NBC film of Truman Capote’s One Christmas, starring Katharine Hepburn; and the popular CBS film This Can’t Be Love, starring Katharine Hepburn and Anthony Quinn. Davis’ other television and cable credits include Tears and Laughter, The Last Outlaw, Silhouette, Voyage, Irresistible Force, Wild Card, Dangerous Passion, Curiosity Kills, and Caught in the Act. Davis Entertainment Television is currently developing numerous series and event films for network and cable outlets.
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Steven Spielberg Steven Allan Spielberg, KBE (honorary) (born December 18, 1946) is an American film director, screenwriter, producer, video game designer, and studio entrepreneur. In a career of more than four decades, Spielberg's films have covered many themes and genres. Spielberg's early science-fiction and adventure films were seen as an archetype of modern Hollywood blockbuster filmmaking. In later years, his films began addressing such issues as the Holocaust, slavery, war and terrorism. He is considered one of the most popular and influential filmmakers in the history of cinema. He is also one of the co-founders of the DreamWorks movie studio. Spielberg won the Academy Award for Best Director for Schindler's List (1993) and Saving Private Ryan (1998). Three of Spielberg's filmsâ€”Jaws (1975), E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), and Jurassic Park (1993)â€”achieved box office records, each becoming the highest-grossing film made at the time. To date, the unadjusted gross of all Spielberg-directed films exceeds $8.5 billion worldwide. Forbes puts Spielberg's wealth at $3.0 billion. Since the mid-1980s, Spielberg has increased his role as a film producer. He headed up the production team for several cartoons, including the Warner Brothers hits Tiny Toon Adventures, Animaniacs, Pinky and the Brain, Toonsylvania, and Freakazoid!, for which he collaborated with Jean MacCurdy and Tom Ruegger.
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Due to his work on these series, in the official titles, most of them say, "Steven Spielberg presents" as well as making numerous cameos on the shows. Spielberg also produced the Don Bluth animated features, An American Tail and The Land Before Time, which were released by Universal Studios. He also served as one of the executive producers of Who Framed Roger Rabbit and its three related shorts (Tummy Trouble, Roller Coaster Rabbit, Trail Mix-Up), which were all released by Disney, under both the Walt Disney Pictures and the Touchstone Pictures banners. He was furthermore, for a short time, the executive producer of the long-running medical drama ER. In 1989, he brought the concept of The Dig to LucasArts. He contributed to the project from that time until 1995 when the game was released. He also collaborated with software publishers Knowledge Adventure on the multimedia game Steven Spielberg's Director's Chair, which was released in 1996. Spielberg appears, as himself, in the game to direct the player. The Spielberg name provided branding for a Lego Moviemaker kit, the proceeds of which went to the Starbright Foundation. In 1993, Spielberg acted as executive producer for the highly anticipated television series seaQuest DSV; a science fiction series set "in the near future" starring Roy Scheider (who Spielberg had directed in Jaws) and Jonathan Brandis akin to Star Trek: The Next Generation that aired on Sundays at 8:00 pm. on NBC. While the first season was moderately successful, the second season did less well. Spielberg's name no longer appeared in the third season and the show was cancelled mid way through it. Spielberg served as an uncredited executive producer on The Haunting, The Prince of Egypt, Just Like Heaven, Shrek, Road to Perdition, and Evolution. He served as an executive producer for the 1998 film Men in Black, and its sequels, Men in Black II and the upcoming Men in Black III. In 2005, he served as a producer of Memoirs of a Geisha, an adaptation of the novel by Arthur Golden, a film he was previously attached to as director. In 2006, Spielberg co-executive produced with famed filmmaker Robert Zemeckis a CGI children's film called Monster House, marking their eighth collaboration since 1990's Back to the Future Part III. He also teamed with Clint Eastwood for the first time in their careers, co-producing Eastwood's Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima with Robert Lorenz and Eastwood himself.
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He earned his twelfth Academy Award nomination for the latter film as it was nominated for Best Picture. Spielberg served as executive producer for Disturbia and the Transformers live action film with Brian Goldner, an employee of Hasbro. The film was directed by Michael Bay and written by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, and Spielberg continued to collaborate on the sequels, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Transformers: Dark of the Moon. In 2011, he produced the J. J. Abrams science fiction thriller film Super 8 for Paramount Pictures. Other major television series Spielberg produced were Band of Brothers, Taken and The Pacific. He was an executive producer on the critically acclaimed 2005 TV miniseries Into the West which won two Emmy awards, including one for Geoff Zanelli's score. For his 2010 miniseries The Pacific he teamed up once again with coproducer Tom Hanks, with Gary Goetzman also co-producing. The miniseries is believed to have cost $250 million and is a 10-part war miniseries centered on the battles in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Writer Bruce McKenna, who penned several installments of (Band of Brothers), was the head writer. In 2007, Steven Spielberg and Mark Burnett co-produced On the Lot a short-lived TV reality show about filmmaking. Despite this, he never gave up working on television. He currently serves as one of the executive producers on United States of Tara, a show created by Academy Award winner Diablo Cody which they developed together (Spielberg is uncredited as creator). In 2011, Spielberg launched Falling Skies, a science fiction television series, on the TNT network. He developed the series with Robert Rodat and is credited as an executive producer. Spielberg is also producing the Fox TV series Terra Nova. Terra Nova begins in the year 2149 when all life on the planet Earth is threatened with extinction resulting in scientists opening a door that allows people to travel back 85 million years to prehistoric times.
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J.J. Abrams An inventive screenwriter and television producer who transformed himself into a feature film director, J.J. Abrams created some of television's most watched shows while simultaneously making huge blockbuster movies. Though he had a rather inauspicious start writing the scripts for "Taking Care of Business" (1990) and "Regarding Henry" (1991), Abrams made his first dent in the cultural zeitgeist with the hit drama, "Felicity" (The WB, 1998-2002), which garnered strange controversy surrounding star Keri Russell's decision to cut her famously curly hair. Abrams truly began making his mark with the spy drama, "Alias" (ABC, 2001-06), which turned lead Jennifer Garner into a star and helped resurrect a floundering ABC network. He went on to help define cultural phenomenon with "Lost" (ABC, 2004-2010), a mysterious sci-fi thriller wrapped inside a stirring character drama that attracted a loyal audience, all of whom tried to decipher the previous night's episode. When he left the series during the height of its run, Abrams ventured into feature film directing with the well-received "Mission: Impossible III" (2006). But it was his reboot of the famed franchise "Star Trek" (2009) that launched his blockbuster career in earnest and foretold of even greater things to come, including his ode to Steven Spielberg, "Super 8" (2011), which audiences and critics hailed as one of Abrams' most engaging efforts in a career already rife with crowd-pleasing entertainment.
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Born on June 27, 1966 in New York, NY, Abrams was raised by his father, Gerald, a prolific television movie producer, and his mother, Carol, both a lawyer and law professor. Since he was born into a show business home, it was only naturally for the young Abrams to at least experiment in that arena as a child, making Super 8mm movies when he was eight years old. After meeting future collaborator Matt Reeves when he was 13, Abrams took his first serious steps toward a professional career in entertainment when he wrote the music for director Don Dohler's cult horror flick, "Nightbeast" (1982). Abrams was 16 at the time. Meanwhile, he studied liberal arts at Sarah Lawrence College in nearby Yonkers, though he spent his junior year studying at the Sorbonne in Paris. Once he was finished with college, Abrams went about breaking into the business as a screenwriter and collaborated with Jill Mazursky - daughter of famed director and actor Paul Mazursky - on the script for "Taking Care of Business" (1990), a comedy starring Jim Belushi as an executive whose Filofax is stolen by an ex-convict. Directed by Arthur Hiller, Abram's first stab at Hollywood met with mixed reviews. Abrams' next screenplay was Mike Nichols' "Regarding Henry" (1991), which marked his debut as a co-producer. The mawkish drama starred Harrison Ford as a selfish yuppie lawyer who becomes a better person after suffering gunshotinduced amnesia. Though it did fairly good business, the unlikely plot drew critical fire. A much bigger hit for Abrams was "Forever Young" (1992), a romantic comedy that he wrote and executive produced, starring Mel Gibson as a pilot frozen during WWII who tries to reclaim his now-elderly lost love once he is thawed by a young boy (Elijah Wood). Meanwhile, he formed Abrams/Katims/Webster Productions with writer Jason Katims and producer Paul Webster. In 1996, the company produced the romantic comedy "The Pallbearer," which received heavy press for being the first mid-"Friends" feature of actor David Schwimmer. Abrams' script combined dark humor with an effective light comedy touch and was helmed by longtime friend Matt Reeves. Following the abysmal comedy "Gone Fishin'" (1997), starring Joe Pesci and Danny Glover, Abrams faired a little better as the co-writer of the romantic comedy "Picture Perfect" (1997) starring another "Friends" co-star, Jennifer Aniston, which he followed by receiving screen credit for Michael Bay's "Armageddon" (1998). Turning to television, Abrams collaborated with Reeves to create and executive produce the highly-touted series "Felicity" (The WB, 1998-2002), a drama centering on the trials and tribulations of a sheltered college student (Keri Russell) trying to make it in the Big Apple over the objections of her parents.
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On for four seasons, the show generated a strange bit of controversy when Russell, urged by producers, cut her famously long, curly locks. A ratings decline followed, but observers were unsure if the hair or a time slot move was the culprit. While still on "Felicity," Abrams penned the script for "Joy Ride" (2001), a revenge thriller about two brothers (Steve Zahn and Paul Walker) on a road trip who play a practical joke, only to become hunted down by a mentally deranged trucker. After "Felicity" went off the air, Abrams - who hungered to for a show full of action and bad guys - created "Alias" (ABC, 2001-06), which centered on Sydney Bristow, who works as a double agent for the CIA and tries to subvert a counter-government agency called SD-6, all the while keeping her occupation secret from family and friends. The show became a big hit, turning Garner into an award-winning star and Abrams into a popular hit-maker. While "Alias" eventually suffered from ratings withdrawal due to frequent time slot shifts and Garner's burgeoning film career, Abrams was well on his way to creating his next series, which turned out to be the sci-fi adventure phenomenon, "Lost" (ABC, 2004-2010). The show's genesis came about when Abrams was approached by then-chairman of ABC, Lloyd Braun, with the idea of putting on a show about a group of people stranded on an island after a plane crash. At first, Abrams felt the idea was not right for a series, but later convinced Braun that the island "[couldn't] be a normal island." Braun agreed and gave him a week to come up with something. Abrams started work on a Monday, handed in an outline by Friday, and had a greenlit show on Saturday. With $12 million and 12 weeks to prep and shoot a pilot, Abrams cobbled together the necessary elements and began work. What resulted was a show that received three times the audience expected; the floundering network had a hit and Abrams cemented his reputation as television's golden boy. Focusing on a motley crew of survivors struggling to find the reasons for their landing on an ever-increasingly mysterious island with a long, complicated mythology, "Lost" spent six seasons keeping viewers guessing from week to week with seemingly random occurrences, disconnected events and duplicitous characters. Meanwhile, the main characters were shown in flashbacks, flashforwards and flashsideways in their other lives, revealing them to be more than purported. While it made for popular water cooler, the show was decorated with numerous awards, including an Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series in 2005. Despite the show's rabid success, Abrams took a backseat in 2007 and allowed executive producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse take the reigns while he went back to making features.
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Terrell Edwards Just call him Colgate Smile! He has been homeless and also deemed HIV positive; however, he manages to keep a smile on his face. Terrell Edwards is outspoken and very animated, “I don’t act; I’m myself. What you see in front of the camera is what you will see off camera,” he says. Edwards saw that being homeless meant it was time to learn and rely on his beliefs. He conducts that “being homeless was enlightening; I’ve learned that you can’t control everything.” Edwards goes on to add, “God test us sometimes to see if we are really stepping out on faith or just saying it.” During this time he knew the days were getting closer to better days. Edwards is open with his inner queen by embracing the drag queen sexuality that he has. It was an eye opener when Edwards was asked how he would change the entertainment business. He replies, “How many drag queens have you seen in movies, or how many celebrities do you see talking about their health issues?” Edwards wants to teach the world how to love themselves and he feels that once we all learn to love ourselves we can learn to love each other. Colgate has been involved in many projects including America’s Next Big TV Star, and also working with Kurvie Kapone Productions. Currently, he has a role in a movie as a female impersonator, which is scheduled to come out May of 2012.
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Julio Mancha If you want to know how the economy is affecting our youth, just ask Julio Mancha. Mancha is a High School Senior at SW Charter School in Houston, TX. “My life became so unbalance when my dad lost his job,” Mancha said, “I went from having, to, having without.” Mancha is 18 years old and loves to act and wants to one day become a professional actor. He said that when he was 11 years old he knew that acting is what he wanted to do because it gave him a rush and loves the pressure, “I was an extra on a Spanish TV Show and I loved when they said you only have 30 seconds to change. When the show was over I knew that this is what I want to take on as a career!” Mancha is well ahead of other teens that are around his age range, he said that during the time when most of the teens are out partying and having fun he is on photo shoots, and other acting jobs to help his family. His parents are also trying to make sure their son has a child hood, when Mancha is not working or at school he spends time with his friends, plays soccer, dance, and also volunteer teaching elementary and middle school students. With is energy, passion to help others, and personality Mancha defiantly has what it takes to be in the entertainment industry.
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Dick Van Dyke During the late 1940s, Van Dyke was a radio DJ in Danville, Illinois. In 1947, Van Dyke was persuaded by Phil Erickson to form a comedy duo with him called "Eric and Vanâ€”the Merry Mutes." The team toured the West Coast nightclub circuit, performing a mime act and lip synching to old 78 records. They brought their act to Atlanta, Georgia, in the early 1950s and performed a local television show featuring original skits and music called "The Merry Mutes". On the stage, Van Dyke was the lead in Broadway's Bye Bye Birdie. In a May 2011 interview with Rachael Ray, Van Dyke noted that when he auditioned for a smaller part in the show he had no dance experience, and that after he sang his audition song he did an impromptu softshoe out of sheer nervousness. Gower Champion, the show's director and choreographer, was watching, and promptly went up on stage to inform Van Dyke he had the lead. An astonished Van Dyke protested that he could not dance, to which Champion replied "We'll teach you". That musical won four Tony awards including Van Dyke's Best Featured Actor Tony, in 1961. In 1980, Van Dyke appeared as the title role in The Music Man on Broadway.
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Andy Kaufman Referred to by some as a dadaistic comedian, Andy Kaufman took comedy and performance art to the edges of irrationality and blurred the dividing line between reality and imagination. Born in New York City on January 17, 1949, the first son of Stanley and Janice Kaufman, Andy grew up on New York in the town of Great Neck. He began performing for family and friends at the age of 7, and by the time he was 9 was being hired to entertain at children's parties. After a year at a Boston junior college, Andy began performing his unique brand of stand-up comedy at coffee shops and nightclubs on the east coast. Discovered by Improvisation comedy club owner Bud Friedman, Andy quickly earned a reputation as a talented, yet eccentric performer. Impressed by his abilities, Lorne Michaels asked Kaufman to appear on the inaugural broadcast of Saturday Night Live (October 11, 1975). Best known for his work as Latka Gravas on the TV sitcom Taxi, Andy appeared in several TV shows and movies, on Broadway, did a one man show at Carnegie Hall, enjoyed a brief professional wrestling career and performed in concerts nation-wide.
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Robin Williams After appearing in the cast of the short-lived The Richard Pryor Show on NBC, Williams was cast by Garry Marshall as the alien Mork in the hit TV series Happy Days. As Mork, Williams improvised much of his dialogue and physical comedy, speaking in a high, nasal voice. Mork's appearance was so popular with viewers that it led to a spin-off hit television sitcom, Mork and Mindy, which ran from 1978 to 1982; the show was written to accommodate Williams' improvisations. Although he played the same character as in his appearance in Happy Days, the show was set in the present day, in Boulder, Colorado, instead of the late '50s in Milwaukee. Mork was an extremely popular character, featured on posters, coloring books, lunchboxes, and other merchandise. Starting in the late 1970s and throughout the 1980s, Williams began to reach a wider audience with his standup comedy, including three HBO comedy specials, Off The Wall (1978), An Evening with Robin Williams (1982), and Robin Williams: Live at the Met (1986). Also in 1986, Williams reached an ever wider audience to exhibit his style at the 58th Academy Awards show.
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Jim Carrey James Eugene "Jim" Carrey (born January 17, 1962) is a Canadian actor and comedian. He has received two Golden Globe Awards and has also been nominated on four occasions. Carrey began comedy in 1979, performing at Yuk Yuk's in Toronto, Ontario. After gaining prominence in 1981, he began working at The Comedy Store in Los Angeles where he was soon noticed by comedian Rodney Dangerfield, who immediately signed him to open his tour performances. Carrey, long interested in film and television, developed a close friendship with comedian Damon Wayans, which landed him a role in the sketch comedy hit In Living Color, in which he portrayed various characters during the show's 1990 season. Having had little success in television movies and several low-budget films, Carrey was cast as the title character in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective which premiered in February, 1994, making more than $72 million domestically despite receiving mixed critical reception. The film spawned a sequel, Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995), in which he reprised the role of Ventura. High profile roles followed when he was cast as Stanley Ipkiss in The Mask (1994) for which he gained a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy, and as Lloyd Christmas in the comedy film Dumb and Dumber (1994).
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For the past month or so, I have been preparing for a lot of things, including K Magazine. Something I want to focus on right now is being 14 years old and owning a production company. Most people think that if you are a young age then you cannot succeed, and you don't know anything. Well, that's a complete tale. I can personally say that I have succeeded in projects that I've produced. While producing these projects I learned on the way and I'm still learning as of now. One thing I don't do, is let other people influence me negatively, but instead positively. I can not count how many times people say that I'm not going to succeed just because 14, it happens everyday. One thing I want to leave you with is don't let other people influence you negatively. If you want to succeed, then believe in yourself and do everything that is humanly possible, and you have my word that you will reach that goal you were hoping for. Peace, Love, and Happiness. Signed,
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