Helena Bonham Carter is connected by blood to the aristocracy and democracy of England, being the great-granddaughter of a British Prime Minister and the first cousin of a Baroness. Early in her career, she became known for embodying works of English fiction such as A Room with a View, Lady Jane, Howard’s End, and her pinnacle in those roles in The Wings of the Dove. She’s excelled in TV, starring opposite Sam Neil in the underrated 1990s miniseries Merlin, opposite Michael Keaton in HBO’s excellent Live from Baghdad, and most recently playing Elizabeth Taylor in Burton & Taylor. Fight Club, The King’s Speech, Harry Potter, and her relationship with director Tim Burton (with whom she’s made seven films) catapulted her into the top rungs of Hollywood actresses where she remains. Continue reading Helena Bonham Carter’s 10 Best Movies
Ryan Gosling is finally moving from mostly indie films into the big time, and over the last five years has been an integral part of some of the best films produced. Gosling’s talent stretches from comedy (The Nice Guys, Crazy Stupid Love) to hard drama (Half-Nelson, The Ides of March) to action (Blade Runner 2049) and even song and dance (La La Land). Gosling’s dedication to his roles is such that he learned to play the piano for La La Land. With Blade Runner 2049’s critical success, Gosling can really do whatever he wants and join the elite ranks of Hollywood’s leading men.
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Jennifer Lawrence has been the most in-demand actress in Hollywood this decade, and also the highest paid (until recently passed by Emma Stone). Still in her late 20s, Lawrence already has four Oscar nominations for outstanding performances in films like Winter’s Bone, Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle. She’s also been a gigantic box office draw in two franchises, helping to reboot the X-Men as Mystique and in the adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games novels. She is in a bit of a slump the last few years, but with a legion of fans and undeniable dramatic skills, that could change at any time. She was so young when Winter’s Bone put her on the map that it’s hard to remember how young she still is, but this is an actress who has decades of work ahead of her, so an off year or two (unless it becomes four or five) isn’t going to stop audiences from keeping her in demand, despite her performance in the recently divisive mother!.
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Jeremy Renner has become one of Hollywood’s most consistent leading men over the last decade. Since hitting A-list status with back-to-back Oscar nominated performances in The Hurt Locker and The Town, Renner has continued to pump out both quality dramas like Wind River, American Hustle, Arrival, and Kill the Messenger. He’s also part of both the Mission Impossible and Marvel Cinematic Universe franchises, contributing to some of the biggest blockbusters of the last few years. He’s a solid leading man and action star with a talent for portraying everyman characters in the tradition of Harrison Ford.
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Morgan Freeman passed beyond being one of the most prestigious actors of this generation decades ago. Now, still churning out several films a year, Freeman is capping a resume of over 50 years of work on television and in film that stacks up against the greatest actors of all-time. Most of Freeman’s early work was in television including being part of one of the most innovative children’s educational programs of all-time, The Electric Company, from 1971-1977. Transitioning to film, his resume grew and grew, but he really didn’t become a huge star until 1989 when Lean on Me, Glory, and Driving Miss Daisy were all released. Freeman was already 52-years-old. Now an octogenarian, Freeman continues to be one of the most welcome presences on the screen, graced with a dignity most actors could only dream of, and a voice that can only be described as divine.
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