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May 13th, 2010, 06:43 AM
Date of Birth: January 30, 1974
Birth Location: Haverfordwest, South Wales
Known as an "actor's actor" with a widely diverse repertoire of movie portrayals and accents, the Welsh-born English movie star, born Christian Charles Philip Bale on January 30 1974, was the youngest of four children who spent time traveling throughout Europe with his circus performer mother, Jenny James.
Christian began acting work in TV commercials as a young boy. His first screen role came when he was all of 13, appearing in Steven Spielberg's Empire of the Sun playing an English boy interred in a Japanese internment camp during World War II.
Serious and shy, and having received a bit too much attention from the role, the young actor contemplated giving up acting altogether. But in a legendary meeting with Kenneth Branaugh, he was later persuaded to appear in that actor's film production of Henry V in 1989.
From then on, Bale was kept busy in various teen roles in Hollywood films, among them two Disney releases - Newsies (1992) and Swing Kids (1993). A year later, he was cast opposite Winona Ryder in the film adaptation of Little Women and in several other movie appearances, including the 1999 film version of A Midsummer Night's Dream.
American Psycho and Beyond
As Patrick Bateman
in "American Psycho"
With the subtle shading and expert skill has exhibited in adult roles since then, Christian Bale's career skyrocketed in 2000 when he next appeared in the controversial filming of American Psycho, based on the bestselling novel by Bret Easton Ellis.
As Patrick Bateman, the actor embodied the chilling lead character who posed as a typical urban yuppie while carefully hiding the cold-blooded psychopath within.
Although the level of violence in the film was not warmly received by critics, the role secured Bale's cult status and Hollywood reputation as a fearless and committed actor.
Several disappointing films followed, including a similar dark role in the 2000 sequel to 1971's Shaft, a forgettable performance as a Greek fisherman in Captain Corelli's Mandolin (2001), and his first action-adventure role as a dragon slayer in the ill-fated Reign of Fire in 2002.
That same year, with the release of Equilibrium (which critics panned as a rip-off of the more successful Matrix franchise, complete with slo-mo marshal arts scenes) the actor's portrayal of a lawman John Preston garnered Bale an even stronger fan following, and the film itself enduring cult status.
Christian Bale as Bruce
Wayne in "Batman Begins"
Surprising film critics in 2004, he next appeared in the limited release of The Machinist in which he played a haunted insomniac, a role requiring Bale to lose a startling 60 pounds throughout filming.
Batman Begins and The Dark Knight
An even larger fan base of "Baleheads" was to grow as the actor, having just completed filming of The Machinist, was cast as Batman in the new Christopher Nolan-directed film series (beating out a number of other Hollywood stars including the heavily favored Jake Gyllenhaal).
The role required a now emaciated Bale to quickly bulk up for the lead role in Batman Begins, which earned him wide critical praise for his dual portrayal as Bruce Wayne/Batman - and for which he received a "Best Hero" award a year later from a young movie-going public at the 2006 MTV Movie Awards. Bale also provided the voice of Batman for the equally successful video game based on the film.
Following the success of Batman Begins, Bale returned to smaller, independent films such as the critically praised Harsh Times in 2006, and in a secondary role in The New World starring Colin Farrell, along with lead roles in Rescue Dawn and The Prestige starring with Hugh Jackman and Scarlett Johansson.
Bale next appeared in the highly-anticipated sequal in the Batman franchise, The Dark Knight, co-starring Heath Ledger as The Joker, released on July 18, 2008.
In addition to The Dark Knight, in 2008 Bale appeared in I'm Not There, a biopic of muscian Bob Dylan, and co-starred with Aussie actor Russell Crowe in 3:10 to Yuma.
Coming up, he will also star as John Connor in the next installment in the Terminator franchise Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins slated for May 2009 release.
Family Life, Arrest News
Away from the movie studio, Bale is married to former model Sibi Blazic and has a daughter, Emmaline born in 2005.
Making headlines over assault charges against his mother and sister in July 2008, Bale was arrested and questioned over the incident in a London hotel. Representatives for Bale later released a statement denying that an assault ever took place.
May 13th, 2010, 06:53 AM
Date of Birth: September 8, 1971
Birth Location: Hartford, Connecticut
Why Is She Famous?
Brooke Burke first caught our attention hosting Wild On! over a decade ago in 1999. She kept our attention by posing nude for the website BlueNudes, as well as modeling for Playboy. Since then, she’s been a staple on our website and, despite being a mother of four children (we kid you not), Burke still has a body that looks like this. Or maybe those toned legs and washboard abs are actually the result of chasing four kids around. Burke, who runs a successful motherhood blog called “Modern Mom” off of her official website, is currently putting both her good looks and mothering skills to good use these days as the “Mommy Correspondent” for the reality show The Doctors.
Born in Hartford, Connecticut, on September 8, 1971, Brooke Lisa Burke was raised in Tucson, Arizona. Her looks began gaining her attention at a young age, and she won her first beauty pageant at the age of 14. Around the same time, she made her screen debut in a 1986 B-movie entitled The Wraith in an uncredited part as a roller-skating waitress. Contracts with talent agencies like Ford Models led to appearances in TV ads for Coca-Cola and Discover Card; however, Brooke Burke also studied business advertising and broadcast journalism at Santa Monica College and UCLA to further her career.
brooke burke gets wild on!
In addition to television commercials, Brooke Burke later modeled bikinis and bathing suits for Venus Swimwear and lingerie for Frederick's of Hollywood. In 1999, she landed the gig of a lifetime as a travel guide on E! Entertainment Television's popular Wild On! program, replacing previous host Jules Asner. Brooke Burke's hosting duties took her to dozens of exciting locales in just about every corner of the globe and, thanks to her legions of male fans who tuned in to check out how she'd be dressed for her adventures, increased her profile immensely. Many hearts were shattered when Brooke Burke tied the knot with Dr. Garth Fisher in 2001. The couple had two daughters, Neriah, born March 2000, and Sierra Sky, born April 2002, but separated in 2005.
After leaving Wild On! in 2002, Brooke Burke focused on acting, landing guest roles on That's Life (2002), Rock Me, Baby (2003), It's All Relative, and Monk (both 2004). She also appeared in movies such as Knuckle Sandwich and The Hazing in 2004, the same year she voiced Rachel Teller for the Need for Speed: Underground 2 video game. In 2006, she guest-starred on the “Cash Springs Eternal" episode of Las Vegas.
brooke burke poses for playboy
Brooke Burke’s sizzling hot looks obviously made her a very popular model for the lad's mags, as she was featured in sexy spreads for Maxim, Stuff and FHM, as well as in a couple of nude pictorials for Playboy
brooke burke and the doctors
Now a mother of four after giving birth to a son in 2008, Brooke Burke currently runs a successful motherhood blog called “Modern Mom” off of her official website and is currently putting both her good looks and mothering skills to good use these days as the “Mommy Correspondent” for the reality show The Doctors. But if learning about changing diapers and teething really isn’t your thing, check out the gallery pages on Burke’s site, or AskMen.com’s for that matter, and remember why you fell for the former Wild On! host in the first place.
brooke burke pregnant
Although currently a contestant on Dancing with the Stars, Brooke Burke announced on April 1, 2010, that she is pregnant with her fifth child.
May 13th, 2010, 07:00 AM
Date of Birth: October 21, 1980
Birth Location: Los Angeles, California
Why Is She Famous?
Kim Kardashian has gained fame by association. The daughter of O.J. Simpson’s trial lawyer, Robert Kardashian, she first made a name for herself as one of Paris Hilton’s premiere party pals. Internet surfers may recognize her as the reluctant leading lady in Kim Kardashian Superstar, her leaked-out, homemade sex tape. She and her famous family have also been the stars of their own TV series, Keeping Up With The Kardashians, which debuted in October 2007.
Kimberly Kathleen Kardashian was born October 21, 1980, in Los Angeles, California. The daughter of O.J. Simpson’s trial lawyer, Robert Kardashian, she and her siblings grew up in a world of immense privilege. They attended the best schools, they ate at the finest restaurants and they wore the latest designer fashions.
They also mingled with some of the world’s most recognizable celebrities, and Kim soon developed an intimate bond with fellow celebutant Paris Hilton, whom she befriended in L.A.’s notorious party scene. Although Paris may have helped to raise Kim Kardashian’s public profile, the Hilton heiress is far from the only A-lister in Kim’s Rolodex. Over the past five years, Kim Kardashian has also been romantically linked with pop star Nick Lachey, rapper The Game, actor Nick Cannon, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, and R&B producer Damon Thomas, to whom she was married from 2000 until 2004. However, it has been her relationship with ex-boyfriend Ray J, an R&B artist, that has attracted the most attention.
kim kardashian's sex tape
The pair’s infamous coupling went under the microscope when the tabloid press began reporting that one of their private sex tapes had been leaked. Although Kim Kardashian at first denied the video’s existence, the tape’s validity was later confirmed when it was sold to porn purveyor Vivid Video for the lofty sum of $1 million.
Although some suspect that Kim Kardashian may have been responsible for leaking the video herself, she remained steadfast that she has been uninvolved in its sale and distribution. She also made it abundantly clear that she didn’t suspect her ex-boyfriend was involved
kim kardashian in playboy magazine
Kim Kardashian is the star of her family's reality show, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, which premiered in October 2007. The babe also bared all in the December 2007 issue of Playboy. So, if you missed the illicit sex tape, you can't miss seeing this voluptuous vixen sprawled out in the magazine.
kim kardashian is named no. 28 in 2008 top 99
OK, so she isn't a singer, actress and calling her a model would be a bit of a stretch. But you must admire a woman who can gain all that notoriety by simply being herself. We know you understand -- this is why she was voted into the Top 99 Most Desirable Women of 2008.
May 13th, 2010, 07:07 AM
Date of Birth: June 12, 1981
Birth Location: Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
Why Is She Famous?
As a spokeswoman for Victoria's Secret, Guess and Armani, Adriana Lima has become one of the most in-demand runway models in the world. She has also walked the catwalk for designers Vera Wang, Christian Lacroix, Emanuel Ungaro, and Ralph Lauren. When she's not making men throughout the world drool, she's helping Brazilian orphans in her native land and dabbling in acting. Adriana married NBA player Marko Jaric in 2009 and gave birth to the couple's first child, Valentina Lima Jaric, on November 15, 2009.
Adriana Francesca Lima was born on June 12, 1981, in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil. The blue/gray-eyed Brazilian beauty can attribute her exotic good looks to her French, Portuguese, Native American, and Caribbean heritage.
adriana lima joins elite
Her climb from obscurity to glam girl occurred after placing second in the Ford Supermodel of the World Contest at the age of 13. Three years later, she headed to one of the fashion centers of the world, New York, and signed with Elite Model Management. Once there, her modeling portfolio began to expand exponentially after appearing in Vogue Italy, as well as in Vogue UK, I-D UK, and Marie Claire Brazil. Adriana also appeared in Vogue U.S., Germany and UK, and in Marie Claire Italy in 1999.
As for fashion shows, the Vogue girl has walked down the runway for the following designers: Cynthia Rowley, Vera Wang, Christian Lacroix, Emanuel Ungaro, Betsey Johnson, Girls Rule, Richard Tyler, Giorgio Armani, Fendi, Randolph Duke, Ralph Lauren, and Valentino, just to name a few.
adriana lima knows victoria's secret
But one of Adriana Lima's most notable catwalk appearances was in the Victoria's Secret summer 2000 swimwear catalog (shot in Cannes), where the Brazilian beauty shared the spotlight with a bevy of supermodels such as Heidi Klum and Laetitia Casta.
Those who have not had the pleasure of seeing Adriana Lima in a fashion spread may have caught her in advertisements for Anna Sui Jeans, bebe, Gasoline, Mossimo, BCBG, Keds, GUESS, and XOXO.
But it's her job as a Victoria's Secret Angel that has fueled her fame the most, especially after appearing in network television's Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in 2001 and 2003.
In 2001, she also appeared in the short film The Follow with Mickey Rourke.
adriana lima the humanitarian
Before her modeling days, Adriana Lima always hoped to help children, and thanks to her popularity, she has been able to work with orphans in Brazil.
Whether you have seen her in an ad, on the runway or photographed by some of the world's greatest photographers -- such as Steven Meisel, Peter Lindbergh or Ellen von Unwerth -- Adriana Lima's beauty speaks volumes, which is why Adriana topped AskMen.com's list of the Top 99 Most Desirable Women in the world in 2005 and stayed on that list for three straight years. She ranked at No. 4 on the Top 99 Most Desirable Women in 2007.
adriana lima is named no. 10 in 2008 top 99
In 2008, Adriana Lima starred in a 30-second Super Bowl ad, and the Brazilian babe was also voted No. 10 on AskMen.com's Top 99 of 2008. She also appeared on the cover of Esquire, as well as renewed her contracts with Victoria's Secret and Maybelline and guest-starring on the hit show Ugly Betty.
adriana lima is named no. 19 in 2009 top 99
Sure, Adriana Lima dropped in the ranks slightly in 2009, but in her defense, she's been busy. The Victoria's Secret Angel married NBA player Marko Jaric in June of 2009 and gave birth to the couple's first child, Valentina Lima Jaric, on November 15, 2009.
May 13th, 2010, 07:12 AM
Date of Birth: April 11, 1981
Birth Location: Erechim, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Why Is She Famous?
Alessandra Ambrosio has appeared in dozens of fashion campaigns, for the likes of GUESS, Revlon, Calvin Klein, and Ralph Lauren. In 2008, Alessandra signed on to replace Gisele Bundchen in Victoria's Secret's popular Angels campaign
Alessandra Ambrosio was born April 11, 1981, in Erechim, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. The eldest of two daughters, she entered the world of modeling at the age of 14 when she won the Elite Look of the Year Contest. Her victory in the prestigious event led to a number of lucrative offers and, within a year, she was selected to appear in the Millennium GUESS campaign along with fellow Brazilian model Ana Beatriz Barros.
The high-profile campaign transformed Alessandra Ambrosio into an overnight sensation, and the world’s biggest designers were soon lining up for the opportunity to have her model their clothing. Alessandra happily complied and, in 2000, she walked the catwalks for a veritable who’s who of fashion illuminati, including Christian Lacroix, Christian Dior, Nanette Lepore, Oscar de la Renta, Vivienne Tam, and Vivienne Westwood, among many others.
alessandra ambrosio is a victoria’s secret angel
It was during that year that Alessandra Ambrosio also made her first appearance on the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. She has been associated with the glamorous pageant ever since, and, in 2004, she was selected as the first spokesmodel for the brand’s immensely popular PINK line.
Alessandra Ambrosio’s famous face has since been splashed across the covers of Vogue, Marie Claire, Elle, Cosmopolitan, GQ, and Harper’s Bazaar, and she has appeared in high-profile advertisements for a wide assortment of brands, including GAP, Gucci, Hummer, Macy's, Manos del Uruguay, and Armani Exchange.
alessandra ambrosio is named no. 2 in 2008 top 99
Although Alessandra Ambrosio’s career is flourishing, she insists that her job isn’t nearly as easy as some people think. “Eighty percent of the time I'm on some beautiful island in a bikini,” she says, “but I'm working and everybody else is on their honeymoon!” Hopefully being named to our Top 99 list of will take some of the sting out of those long hours spent under the hot summer sun.
In August of '08, she gave birth to she and fiance Jamie Mazur's first child.
May 13th, 2010, 07:44 AM
Name: Angelina Jolie
Born: 4 June 1975
Where: Los Angeles, California, USA
When Jolie was 11, her mother moved the family back to Los Angeles. They had already moved often, making the young girl feel constantly uprooted "I always dreamed", she says "of having an attic of things that I could go back up and look at".
Now Angelina decided she wanted to act and, as ever jumping in at the deep end, enrolled at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, where she trained for two years, appearing in several stage productions. As a pupil at Beverly Hills High School, she was not alone in her cinematic ambitions. But she certainly FELT alone in the midst of all those good-looking, pampered children, children who teased her mercilessly for wearing braces and glasses and being so painfully skinny. Unlike the other parents, Marcheline was not rich - so Angelina also had to seek her clothes at thrift stores like Aardvark. Her confidence received a further battering when her attempts at modelling proved fruitless. She never got picked - too short, too thin, too fat, too scarred.
. Scarred - yes. Perhaps it was the many moves, maybe it was to do with her father, a lonely, detached figure who did not want to live with his family (Angelina always feared she would be like that herself). Maybe it was the relative poverty, or the taunting, or the way she felt that -with her big eyes, big lips, big everything - she looked like a muppet. But Angelina had come to hate herself, to feel absolutely worthless. She felt unworthy, didn't like to be touched (she still has this problem sometimes). So, like too many young girls, she started to cut herself. At 14, she dropped out of acting classes and began an existence of fast-living and active self-loathing. She wore black, dyed her hair purple and went out slam-dancing with her live-in punk boyfriend. They experimented heavily in S&M, Angelina once asking him to draw a blade along her jawline (the scar is now faint, but still there).
At 16, her relationship ended. She moved to an apartment opposite her mother and went back to theatre. Now committed to acting, her first role was, unsurprisingly, as a German dominatrix. She began to learn from her father, noticed how he would watch people, talk to them, become like them. She stopped fighting with him so much too, realising that they were both "drama queens". For his part, Voight noticed her talent, being moved to tears by her reading of the part of Catherine in A View From The Bridge.
With the braces and glasses gone, she became a model too, working in Los Angeles, New York and London. She also appeared in the video for Meat Loaf's Rock'n'Roll Dreams Come Through - she'd later turn up in promos for Lenny Kravitz, Lemonheads and The Rolling Stones. Her confidence rose, though it would often plummet back down. She tells a story of how once she was so down she actually tried to hire a man to kill her. Being a compassionate sort of assassin, he told her to think about it for a month. Obviously, she didn't call him back.
Jolie had appeared in five of her brother's student films, made while he attended the USC School of Cinema (he was now known as James Haven), but her movie career proper began in 1993, when she starred as Casella "Cash" Reese, alongside Elias Koteas and Jack Palance in Cyborg 2.
Brad & Angelina
As Jolie attended the London premiere of Alexander in 2004, rumors swirled back home linking her to the much-reported marriage breakup of Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston. At the time, Star magazine published a candid photo of Jolie and Pitt in what is reported to be a cozy moment near Naples where they had been shooting a scene for the Mr. and Mrs. Smith, released in June 2005.
Remaining good friends following the film, Pitt and Jolie both steadfastly denied having an affair, but rumors and gossip continued to swirl until news was confirmed that the couple - now dubbed "Brangelina" - were expecting their first child.
Following one of the most anticipated announcements of the year, Jolie finally gave birth to her first child in Namibia, a baby girl named Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt.
In a surprise move in early 2007, Jolie and Pitt were rumored to be moving to New Orleans and planning to send their three children to school there. The movie star couple moved to the Big Easy on January 11 and have purchased a multi-million dollar, six-bed mansion in the city's French Quarter.
Off the set, the Hollywood star couple also set in motion the adoption of yet another child, a reported 3-4-year old Vietnamese boy, whom the couple renamed Pax Thien Jolie.
Otherwise, Angelina Jolie fans were hotly anticipating the actress' next movie role, playing the seductive mother of the demon Grendul in the Dark Ages epic Beowulf which opened in November 2007. However, an earlier dramtic performance in A Mighty Heart garnered Jolie even more critical notice
May 13th, 2010, 07:51 AM
22 February 1975, Culver City, California, USA
DREW BARRYMORE has been a favorite of film audiences for almost three decades. Behind the camera, she is also enjoying success as a producer under her own Flower Films banner, with such hits as Never Been Kissed, Charile’s Angels and 50 First Dates. In addition to producing the films, Barrymore joined Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu to star in both Charlie’s Angels and Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, which, together, grossed more than half a billion dollars worldwide.
She has also earned praise from both critics and audiences for her performances in a wide range of comedies, most recently including the romantic comedies Music & Lyrics, opposite Hugh Grant, Fever Pitch, in which she starred with Jimmy Fallon under the direction of the Farrelly brothers, and 50 First Dates, opposite Adam Sandler. Barrymore also starred in the 2007 drama Lucky You for director Curtis Hanson. Other recent films have included George Clooney’s widely acclaimed biographical satire Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, with Sam Rockwell; Penny Marshall’s Riding in Cars With Boys; Never Been Kissed, which marked Barrymore’s producing debut; Home Fries, opposite Luke Wilson; and the smash hit comedy The Wedding Singer, opposite Adam Sandler.
Barrymore made her feature film debut at the age of five in the science fiction thriller Altered States. However, it was her scene-stealing performance as the precocious Gertie in Steven Spielberg’s 1982 blockbuster E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial that catapulted the young actress to stardom. She went on to star in the thriller Firestarter and the comedy Irreconcilable Differences, for which she earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
Her other film credits include Stephen King’s Cat’s Eye; Far From Home; Poison Ivy; Guncrazy, for which she received another Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress; Bad Girls; Herbert Ross’ Boys on the Side; Mad Love; Batman Forever; Woody Allen’s Everyone Says I Love You; and Wes Craven’s horror hit Scream, which launched a successful franchise. Barrymore next stars in and produces He’s Just Not That Into You, a comedy ensemble with Jennifer Aniston, Scarlett Johansson and Ben Affleck.
Drew most recently wrapped HBO’s Grey Gardens, co-starring Jessica Lange; based on the 1975 Maysles brothers documentary about the reclusive aunt and cousin of Jackie Kennedy who lived in a crumbling mansion in East Hampton.
Most recently rumored to be making wedding plans with current boyfriend, Justin Long, actress Drew Barrymore was born to an acting dynasty in Culver City, California on February 22, 1975, he granddaughter of John Barrymore and grandniece of Ethel Barrymore and Lionel Barrymore.
Before she was a year old, Barrymore had already appeared in her first commercial, and at the ripe old age of 4 snagged her first movie role in Alerted States.
Her most famous role come a few years later - as Gertie in Stephen Speilberg's E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, with more star assignments quickly following in Irreconcilable Differences and in the film version of Stephen King's Firestarter.
So began a roller coaster career in films — that saw the young star experimenting with drugs and alcohol before the age of 12, followed by a bout with rehab, a series of teen sexpot roles in in Poison Ivy (1992), The Amy Fisher Story (1993), and Batman Forever in 1995 - the same year she posed nude for Playboy. She was all of 20 years old.
At 21, Barrymore's career began again - in an upward direction - with critical raves for 'nice girl' roles in Woody Allen's Everyone Says I Love You, followed a few years later with a gentle, endearing performance in The Wedding Singer and finally as a lovelorn young innocent in Never Been Kissed.
Regaining her reputation as a solidly bankable star, Barrymore next appeared in the hugely popular Charlie's Angels with Cameron Diaz, and became the real-life producer of the cult classic, Donnie Darko starring Jake Gyllenhaal.
In 2005, the actress won for "Favorite On-Screen Chemistry" alongside Adam Sandler at the People's Choice Awards for her performance in Fifty First Dates.
Barrymore's latest silver screen appearances have included Fever Pitch, opposite comedian Jimmy Fallon, Music and Lyrics co-starrring Hugh Grant, and Lucky You with Eric Bana.
In 2008, the actress again turns producer and stars in the summer comedy He's Just Not Into You, co-starring Jennifer Aniston and Scarlett Johansson, scheduled to open in August.
Offscreen, Barrymore is dating actor and "Mac" ad spokesperson, Justin Long. a relationship which has caused Web buzz throughout the year including rumors of an impending engagement. If true, it would be Barrymore's third marriage and Long's first.
Barrymore was married brielfy to Welsh bar owner, Jeremy Thomas in 1994 and to comedian Tom Green in 2001, both relationships ending in divorce a short time later.
May 17th, 2010, 03:12 PM
May 18th, 2010, 02:11 AM
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