Mark Wahlberg and wife Rhea Durham: Academy Awards’ Red Carpet
Mark Wahlberg and wife Rhea Durham are pictured above on the 2011 Oscars’ Red Carpet, just outside the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. The Oscar ceremony was held on Sunday, Feb. 27.
Wahlberg, decades ago known as underwear model Marky Mark, was a nominee as one of the producers of Best Picture contender The Fighter – which ultimately lost to odds-on favorite The King’s Speech.
Mark Wahlberg was the only major player in the David O. Russell-directed boxing drama who failed to be nominated for an Academy Award in the acting categories. Co-stars Amy Adams, Melissa Leo, and Christian Bale were all shortlisted; Leo and Bale ended up winning in their respective supporting categories.
Wahlberg, however, was a Best Supporting Actor nominee four years ago: for his performance in Martin Scorsese’s Best Picture Oscar winner The Departed (2006). He lost to veteran Alan Arkin in Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris’ Little Miss Sunshine.
Paramount Pictures released The Fighter, which to date has grossed more than $90 million in the U.S. and Canada.
Mark Wahlberg movies
Below is a list featuring a few significant Mark Wahlberg movies.*
- Ted 2 (2015).
Dir.: Seth MacFarlane.
Cast: Amanda Seyfried. Liam Neeson. Morgan Freeman. Patrick Warburton. Sam J. Jones. And the voice of Seth MacFarlane.
- Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014).
Dir.: Michael Bay.
Cast: Jack Reynor. Nicola Peltz. Stanley Tucci. Titus Welliver. Kelsey Grammer.
- Ted (2012).
Dir.: Seth MacFarlane.
Cast: Mila Kunis. Joel McHale. Giovanni Ribisi. Patrick Warburton. Matt Walsh. And the voice of Seth MacFarlane.
- The Fighter (2010).
Dir.: David O. Russell.
Cast: Amy Adams. Christian Bale. Melissa Leo.
- The Lovely Bones (2009).
Dir.: Peter Jackson.
Cast: Rachel Weisz. Susan Sarandon. Stanley Tucci. Saoirse Ronan. Michael Imperioli. Rose McIver. Reece Ritchie.
- Shooter (2007).
Dir.: Antoine Fuqua.
Cast: Kate Mara. Ned Beatty. Danny Glover. Michael Peña. Elias Koteas. Tate Donovan.
- The Departed (2006).
Dir.: Martin Scorsese.
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio. Matt Damon. Jack Nicholson. Vera Farmiga. Martin Sheen. Ray Winstone. Alec Baldwin.
- I Heart Huckabees (2004).
Dir.: David O. Russell.
Cast: Jason Schwartzman. Jude Law. Naomi Watts. Dustin Hoffman. Isabelle Huppert. Lily Tomlin. Tippi Hedren. Talia Shire.
- Planet of the Apes (2001).
Dir.: Tim Burton.
Cast: Helena Bonham Carter. Tim Roth. Michael Clarke Duncan. Paul Giamatti. Estella Warren. David Warner.
- The Perfect Storm (2000).
Dir.: Wolfgang Petersen.
Cast: George Clooney. Diane Lane. William Fichtner. John C. Reilly. Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio. John Hawkes. Allen Payne. Karen Allen. Cherry Jones.
- Three Kings (1999).
Dir.: David O. Russell.
Cast: George Clooney. Ice Cube. Spike Jonze. Cliff Curtis.
- Boogie Nights (1997).
Dir.: Paul Thomas Anderson.
Cast: Burt Reynolds. Julianne Moore. William H. Macy. Don Cheadle. Heather Graham. John C. Reilly.
- The Basketball Diaries (1995).
Dir.: Scott Kalvert.
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio. Lorraine Bracco. Juliette Lewis.
The wife of Mark Wahlberg since Aug. ’09, Rhea Durham is a fashion model who has been featured in magazines such as French Vogue, Marie Claire, and ELLE.
Rhea Durham also took part in the 2000 and 2001 Victoria’s Secret Fashion shows.
* Mark Wahlberg film list updated in April 2015.
Photo of Mark Wahlberg and wife Rhea Durham on the Oscars’ Red Carpet: John Selig / © A.M.P.A.S.
Mark Ruffalo and wife Sunrise Coigney Oscars photo
Mark Ruffalo and wife Sunrise Coigney arrive at the 83rd Academy Awards on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre at (almost) the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue in downtown Hollywood.
Ruffalo was a 2011 Best Supporting Actor nominee for his role as a chauvinistic male slob who disrupts the family life of a lesbian couple in Lisa Cholodenko’s Best Picture contender The Kids Are All Right. The dramatic comedy co-stars Best Actress nominee Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, Josh Hutcherson, and Mia Wasikowska. This was Ruffalo’s first Academy Award nomination.
As it turned out, The Kids Are All Right didn’t win a single statuette on Sunday night. But at the 2011 Spirit Awards held the day before, Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg’s screenplay was chosen as the best of the year among independent films.
Mark Ruffalo and wife Sunrise Coigney were married in 2000.
Mark Ruffalo movies
According to the IMDb, Mark Ruffalo made his film debut in Christopher Speidel’s 1992 short Rough Trade. To date, he has been featured in about 40 movies.
Below is a brief list of Mark Ruffalo films of the past decade.
- Shutter Island (2010).
Dir.: Martin Scorsese.
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio. Michelle Williams. Ben Kingsley. Max von Sydow. Emily Mortimer. Patricia Clarkson. Jackie Earle Haley. Elias Koteas. Ted Levine. John Carroll Lynch.
- The Brothers Bloom (2008).
Dir.: Rian Johnson.
Cast: Rachel Weisz. Adrien Brody. Rinko Kikuchi. Robbie Coltrane. Maximilian Schell.
- Blindness (2008).
Dir.: Fernando Meirelles.
Cast: The Kids Are All Right‘s Julianne Moore. Gael García Bernal. Danny Glover. Alice Braga. Sandra Oh. Don McKellar.
- Zodiac (2007).
Dir.: David Fincher.
Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal. Anthony Edwards. Robert Downey Jr. Brian Cox.
- All the King’s Men (2006).
Dir.: Steven Zaillian.
Cast: Sean Penn. Kate Winslet. Jude Law. Anthony Hopkins. Patricia Clarkson. Jackie Earle Haley. James Gandolfini. Kathy Baker. Talia Balsam. Travis Champagne. Frederic Forrest. Kevin Dunn. Thomas McCarthy.
- Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004).
Dir.: Michel Gondry.
Cast: Kate Winslet. Jim Carrey. Elijah Wood. Jane Adams. Thomas Jay Ryan. Kirsten Dunst. David Cross. Tom Wilkinson.
And finally, let’s not forget that in the not too distant future Mark Ruffalo will be seen as Bruce Banner a.k.a. The Incredible Hulk in Joss Whedon’s blockbuster-to-be The Avengers.
Update: Mark Ruffalo as The Incredible Hulk in the “Hulk Smash!” TV spot.
Mark Ruffalo and wife Sunrise Coigney photo: Ivan Vejar / © A.M.P.A.S.
Jennifer Hudson on the Oscars’ Red Carpet
Pictured above is Jennifer Hudson arriving at the 83rd Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre. She is a Best Supporting Actress Oscar winner for Bill Condon’s 2006 musical Dreamgirls, starring Beyoncé Knowles.
This year, Hudson was a presenter.
Among the 2011 Oscars’ top winners were:
- Best Picture: The King’s Speech.
- Best Actor: Colin Firth for The King’s Speech.
- Best Actress: Natalie Portman for Black Swan.
- Best Director: Tom Hooper for The King’s Speech.
- Best Foreign Language Film: In a Better World. Directed by Susanne Bier.
- Best Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo for The Fighter.
- Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale for The Fighter (beating Mark Ruffalo for The Kids Are All Right).
- Best Original Screenplay: The King’s Speech by David Seidler.
- Best Adapted Screenplay: The Social Network by Aaron Sorkin.
Jennifer Hudson photo: Brian Crowe / © A.M.P.A.S.
Gwyneth Paltrow at the Oscars
Donning a shining silver dress, Gwyneth Paltrow arrives at the 2011 Academy Awards held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Paltrow’s latest movie, Country Strong, was up for a Best Song Oscar. It lost to the Toy Story 3 ditty “We Belong Together,” by Randy Newman.
More than a decade ago, Gwyneth Paltrow took home the Best Actress Oscar for John Madden’s Shakespeare in Love (1998), a romantic comedy-drama also featuring Joseph Fiennes (as William Shakespeare), Judi Dench, Geoffrey Rush, and this year’s Best Actor Oscar winner, Colin Firth (The King’s Speech). Paltrow’s (moderately) gender-bending Shakespeare in Love heroine remains her only Oscar-nominated performance to date.
Directed by Shana Feste, Country Strong fared decently at the U.S. box office, but not as well as some had expected. Besides Gwyneth Paltrow, the cast includes Tim McGraw (The Blind Side) and Garrett Hedlund (TRON: Legacy).
Silver-clad Gwyneth Paltrow photo: Ivan Vejar / © A.M.P.A.S.
Above is another image of Shakespeare in Love, Country Strong, and Iron Man actress Gwyneth Paltrow and her shining silver outfit on the 83rd Academy Awards’ Red Carpet.
And below is a short list of Gwyneth Paltrow movies.*
- Mortdecai (2015).
Dir.: David Koepp.
Cast: Johnny Depp. Paul Bettany. Ewan McGregor. Olivia Munn.
- Iron Man 3 (2013).
Dir.: Shane Black.
Cast: Robert Downey Jr. Don Cheadle. Guy Pearce. Rebecca Hall. Ben Kingsley. James Badge Dale. Paul Bettany.
- The Avengers (2012).
Dir.: Joss Whedon.
Cast: Chris Evans. Mark Ruffalo. Chris Hemsworth. Tom Hiddleston. Scarlett Johansson. Jeremy Renner. Robert Downey Jr.
- Contagion (2011).
Dir.: Steven Soderbergh.
Cast: Matt Damon. Marion Cotillard. Kate Winslet. Jude Law. Jennifer Ehle. Bryan Cranston. Laurence Fishburne. John Hawkes.
- Country Strong (2010).
Dir.: Shana Feste.
Cast: Tim McGraw. Garrett Hedlund. Leighton Meester. Marshall Chapman.
- Iron Man 2 (2010).
Dir.: Jon Favreau.
Cast: Robert Downey Jr. Scarlett Johansson. Don Cheadle. Sam Rockwell. Clark Gregg. Paul Bettany. Kate Mara. Mickey Rourke. Samuel L. Jackson. John Slattery. Garry Shandling. Leslie Bibb. Jon Favreau. Christiane Amanpour.
- Iron Man (2008).
Dir.: Jon Favreau.
Cast: Robert Downey Jr. Terrence Howard. Jeff Bridges. Leslie Bibb. Shaun Toub. Clark Gregg. Paul Bettany. Jon Favreau.
- The Good Night (2007).
- Love and Other Disasters (2006).
- Running with Scissors (2006).
Dir.: Ryan Murphy.
Cast: Annette Bening. Joseph Cross. Evan Rachel Wood. Joseph Fiennes. Jill Clayburgh. Brian Cox. Patrick Wilson. Alec Baldwin. Kristin Chenoweth. Gabrielle Union. Dagmara Dominczyk. Colleen Camp. Jack Kaeding.
- Infamous (2006).
- Proof (2005).
Dir.: John Madden.
Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal. Anthony Hopkins. Hope Davis. Roshan Seth.
- Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004).
Dir.: Kerry Conran.
Cast: Jude Law. Angelina Jolie. Giovanni Ribisi. Michael Gambon. Bai Ling. And archival footage featuring Laurence Olivier.
- Sylvia (2003).
Dir.: Christine Jeffs.
Cast: Daniel Craig. Blythe Danner. Jared Harris. Michael Gambon.
- The Royal Tenenbaums (2001).
- The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999).
Dir.: Anthony Minghella.
Cast: Matt Damon. Jude Law. Cate Blanchett.
- Shakespeare in Love (1998).
Dir.: John Madden.
Cast: Joseph Fiennes. Judi Dench. Geoffrey Rush. Colin Firth.
- Sliding Doors (1998).
- Emma (1996).
- Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (1994).
* Gwyneth Paltrow film list updated in April 2015.
Picture of Gwyneth Paltrow in a slinky silver dress: Brian Crowe / © A.M.P.A.S.
Daphne Zuniga at the 2011 Academy Awards
Daphne Zuniga arrives at the 83rd Academy Awards, held on Feb. 27, ’11, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. The Spaceballs actress wasn’t nominated for anything, but she does look great in that dress.
Besides appearing as Princess Vespa in Mel Brooks’ aforementioned Star Wars spoof, Daphne Zuniga has been featured in about 20 movies. Titles include the following:
- The Sure Thing (1985).
Dir.: Rob Reiner.
Cast: John Cusack. Anthony Edwards. Viveca Lindfors.
- Last Rites (1988).
Dir.: Donald P. Bellisario.
Cast: Tom Berenger. Dane Clark.
- Gross Anatomy (1989).
Dir.: Thom Eberhardt.
Cast: Matthew Modine. Christine Lahti. Todd Field.
In the last decade, Zuniga had recurring roles in the television series American Dreams, Beautiful People, and Spaceballs: The Animated Series (voice only). She can currently be seen as Victoria Davis in the drama series One Tree Hill, with Bethany Joy Lenz, Sophia Bush, and James Lafferty.
Daphne Zuniga photo: John Selig / © A.M.P.A.S.
Matthew McConaughey on the Oscars’ Red Carpet
Matthew McConaughey is pictured above on the 2011 Academy Awards’ Red Carpet, just outside the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. McConaughey and Scarlett Johansson were presenters at the Oscar ceremony.
When co-host James Franco introduced the duo, he said “I am six degrees of Kevin Bacon away from our next two presenters. Figure it out on the Internet.” It’s unclear how many people bothered to take on the challenge.
McConaughey will be seen next in The Lincoln Lawyer and Killer Joe. His other film credits include A Time to Kill, Amistad, Ed TV, The Wedding Planner, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days and Tropic Thunder.
Matthew McConaughey photo: Brian Crowe / © A.M.P.A.S.
‘Outside the Law’ director Rachid Bouchareb
Parisian-born filmmaker Rachid Bouchareb, whose French-Algerian political drama Outside the Law / Hors-la-loi was a Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award nominee, is pictured above on the Oscar 2011 Red Carpet outside the Kodak Theatre. Outside the Law lost to Susanne Bier’s Danish drama In a Better World.
Curiously, although submitted as an Algerian film, Outside the Law is in reality mostly a French production.
Besides winner In a Better World, the other 2011 Oscar nominees in the Best Foreign Language Film category were:
- Denis Villeneuve’s Incendies (Canada).
- Yorgos Lanthimos’ Dogtooth (Greece).
- Alejandro González Iñarritú’s Biutiful (Mexico).
Rachid Bouchareb Oscar nominees
Two Rachid Bouchareb movies have been previously shortlisted for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, both as Algerian entries:
- Dust of Life / Poussières de vie (1995).
Winner: Marleen Gorris’ Antonia’s Line / Antonia (The Netherlands).
- Days of Glory / Indigènes (2006), competing with Susanne Bier’s After the Wedding.
Winner: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s The Lives of Others (Germany).
Rachid Bouchareb photo: Richard Harbaugh / © A.M.P.A.S.
Sharon Stone movies and Oscar photos
Sharon Stone arrives at the 83rd Academy Awards held on Feb. 27, ’11, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Stone wasn’t nominated for anything, but back in early 1996 she was a Best Actress contender for Martin Scorsese’s Casino, also featuring Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, and James Woods. She lost to Susan Sarandon, playing a kindly (real-life) nun in Tim Robbins’ anti-capital punishment drama Dead Man Walking.
Stone became a star after starring opposite Michael Douglas in Paul Verhoeven’s sex thriller Basic Instinct in 1992. But apart from Casino, her film career has been mostly a series of critical and box office disappointments. Many consider Michael Caton-Jones’ Basic Instinct 2 (2006), one of the worst movies of the early 21st century.
For the record, the other nominated Oscar-nominated actresses for the year 1995 were:
- Elisabeth Shue for Mike Figgis’ Leaving Las Vegas.
- Meryl Streep for Clint Eastwood’s The Bridges of Madison County.
- Emma Thompson for Ang Lee’s Sense and Sensibility.
Stone’s Oscar nomination for Casino remains her one and only to date.
Sharon Stone movies
After the blockbuster Basic Instinct, Sharon Stone has been featured in nearly 40 films. With the exception of Casino, none of those were big box office hits and only a handful received critical praise.
Most of Sharon Stone’s movies, in fact, have been critical and box office misfires (or downright bombs), including:
- Mark Rydell’s Intersection (1994), a poorly received remake of Claude Sautet’s 1970 drama The Things of Life, with Richard Gere and Lolita Davidovich. The original – and much better received – film starred Michel Piccoli and Romy Schneider.
- Sam Raimi’s Western The Quick and the Dead (1995), with Gene Hackman, Russell Crowe, and Leonardo DiCaprio.
- Diabolique, a misguided remake of Henri-Georges Clouzot’s suspense classic Les Diaboliques, also starring Isabelle Adjani and Chazz Palminteri under the direction of Jeremiah S. Chechik.
- Bruce Beresford’s thriller Last Dance (1996), featuring Rob Morrow, Peter Gallagher, and Randy Quaid.
- Another misguided remake, Sidney Lumet’s Gloria (1999), with Sharon Stone in the title role. Also in the cast: Jean-Luke Figueroa and Jeremy Northam. John Cassavetes directed the original 1980 movie, with Best Actress Oscar nominee Gena Rowlands in the lead.
- Albert Brooks’ The Muse (1999), with Stone more or less in the title role. Also in the cast: Brooks, Jeff Bridges, Andie MacDowell, and Cybill Shepherd.
- Catwoman (2004), the Pitof-directed disaster that earned Halle Berry the Razzie Award for Worst Actress of the year and Stone a nomination as Worst Supporting Actress.
- Ryan Eslinger’s thriller When a Man Falls (2007), with Timothy Hutton, Dylan Baker, and Stacie Bono.
‘Basic Instinct 2’ cataclysm
Catwoman seemed as low as it could get for Sharon Stone’s career, until Basic Instinct 2 came out in 2006 – a critical and box office cataclysm also featuring David Morrissey, Neil Maskell, Hugh Dancy, David Thewlis, and Stan Collymore. The Basic Instinct sequel earned Razzies for Worst Picture and Worst Screenplay (Leora Barish and Henry Bean), in addition to Worst Actress for Sharon Stone herself.
Better received by critics and (modest) audiences were a handful of “small movies” featuring Sharon Stone as part of an acting ensemble. These include:
- Jim Jarmusch’s Broken Flowers (2005), with Bill Murray, Jessica Lange, Tilda Swinton, Julie Delpy, and Chloë Sevigny.
- Nick Cassavetes’ Alpha Dog (2006), with Bruce Willis, Justin Timberlake, and Emile Hirsch.
- Emilio Estevez’s all-star political drama Bobby (2006), featuring Estevez, Heather Graham, Harry Belafonte, Ashton Kutcher, Shia LaBeouf, Brian Geraghty, Helen Hunt, Anthony Hopkins, William H. Macy, Martin Sheen, Christian Slater, Demi Moore, Elijah Wood, Scoot McNairy, and Laurence Fishburne.
Pre-‘Basic Instinct’ film career
Sharon Stone pre-Basic Instinct movies include:
- Woody Allen’s Stardust Memories (1980), in which she has a bit role.
- J. Lee Thompson’s King Solomon’s Mines (1985), with Richard Chamberlain.
- Blood and Sand (1989), as Doña Sol, a role previously brought to screen life by the likes of Nita Naldi and Rita Hayworth. Stone’s co-star in this Spanish co-production was Christopher Rydell, cast as the toreador Juan Gallardo (previously played by Rudolph Valentino and Tyrone Power).
- Paul Verhoeven’s sci-fier Total Recall (1990), starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Upcoming Sharon Stone movies
Upcoming Sharon Stone movies include:
- Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman’s Lovelace, about porn actress-turned-Fundamentalist Christian Linda Lovelace, and featuring Amanda Seyfried in the title role, plus James Franco, Sarah Jessica Parker, Hank Azaria, Chloë Sevigny, Eric Roberts, Peter Sarsgaard, and Wes Bentley.
- Marc Turtletaub’s Gods Behaving Badly, also featuring Alicia Silverstone, John Turturro, and Christopher Walken. Stone plays Aphrodite, possibly one of the misbehaving Greek gods.
- Gabriela Tagliavini’s The Mule, with Billy Zane.
As per the IMDb, the following Sharon Stone movies are currently in the pre-production stages:
- John Turturro’s Fading Gigolo, with Woody Allen, Sofia Vergara, Liev Schreiber, and Vanessa Paradis.
- Klaus Menzel’s What About Love, with Andy Garcia and Maia Morgenstern.
- Paul Duddridge’s Mothers Day, with Susan Sarandon, Christina Ricci, Laura Dern, Andie MacDowell, Rainey Qualley, and Eva Amurri Martino.
- Tony Kaye’s thriller Attachment, with Tom Felton and Lorraine Nicholson.
Sharon Stone dress photo: Darren Decker / © A.M.P.A.S.
Sharon Stone photo: John Selig / © A.M.P.A.S.
‘The Confession’ director Tanel Toom and screenwriter Caroline Bruckner
Tanel Toom, whose The Confession was an Oscar contender in the Best Live Action Short Film category, is pictured above with Caroline Bruckner on the 83rd Annual Academy Awards’ Red Carpet. Bruckner wrote the short film from an idea by director Toom.
The Confession follows a 9-year-old worried about making his first confession. The problem is not the boy’s sinful past, but the lack of one, something he feels is a shortcoming. A little prank should remedy the situation, but instead things take a dark turn.
The Confession was produced by Emily Williams. Cast: Lewis Howlett. Joe Eales. Aran Bell. James Simmons.
The 2011 Oscar winner for Best Live Action Short Film was Luke Matheny’s God of Love.
Caroline Bruckner and Tanel Toom photo: Ivan Vejar / © A.M.P.A.S.
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