Tall, dark, and handsome: those are the things a woman looks for in a man. Heck, most of us would be happy with one or two of those out of the three! So what do you get when you add in soul-searching blue eyes, pillow-like lips, and a mesmerizing on –screen intensity? You get Michael Ealy. (And if you’re me, you get a decade long obsession.)
The Silver Spring, MD native’s breakout role came in 2002’s Barbershop, where he played former thug Ricky Nash, a young man trying desperately to turn his life around. While the movie is filled with comedic genius (most notably in the form of Cedric the Entertainer), Ealy stands out from his castmates with his genuine portrayal of a man caught between the life he has and the one he wants. While it wasn’t the type of role that would win an actor an Oscar, it definitely hinted at an untapped depth in Ealy.
One of Ealy’s most pivotal roles came opposite Halle Berry in 2005’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, for which he received an Image Award nomination and a Black Reel award win. Ealy is no stranger to award shows, having racked up 9 nomination and 2 wins. His most notable win came in 2007 when he won a Golden Globe award for his portrayal of an undercover FBI agent in the mini-series Sleeper Cell.
After flying under the radar for so many years, and assembling an impressive body of work, Michael Ealy is finally starting to get the attention of mainstream Hollywood. In early 2012 Michael co-starred in the romantic comedy Think Like a Man, where he portrayed Dominic, a man on the verge of being too old to chase his dreams of becoming a chef. Playing Dominic, Ealy expertly walked the line between being a sensitive dreamer and being a strong partner for his love interest, Lauren, played by Taraji P. Henson.
After enjoying a stint in romantic comedy, Michael will take another dramatic turn in Unconditional, which opens in theaters September 21st. He plays Joe, childhood friend of Samantha, who recently lost her husband to violence. With Joe’s help, Samantha learns to let go of her anger and pain and embrace the beauty of life.
If dramatic tear-jerkers aren’t your cup of tea, never fear! Ealy can be seen every Friday night in the USA Network buddy-cop comedy Common Law, which follows police partners who can’t get along and are sent to couples’ counseling. Ealy’s happy-go-lucky, rules-were-meant-to-be-broken charm is a perfect comedic fit to Warren Kole’s straight-laced, by-the-book rigidity.
For some of us, Michael Ealy has been a cinematic treat for years. For others, he is dish newly discovered. Old fan or new, however, I think we can all agree that the future looks very bright for him indeed.
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Garrett Hedlund. “Who?” you ask. But most certainly not for long.
He’s been around. You probably didn’t catch him when he worked as a Christmas tree salesman, and you likely missed him during that stint at the turkey farm, but if you saw, and managed to watch, Troy, he was Patroculus. That was a role he landed just one short month after moving from Arizona to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. His performance in Troy was nominated for Choice Breakout Movie Star-Male in the 2004 Teen Choice Awards.
Garrett was born September 3, 1984 in Roseau, Minnesota. He is the 3rd of the 3 children, with an older brother Nathaniel and an older sister, Amanda. When Garrett was 9, the family moved to Scottsdale, Arizona, where he attended and graduated a semester early from Horizon High School, where he has been quoted as saying he was the annoying high school yearbook photographer, as well as a participant in football, wrestling and ice skating.
Garrett started out in supporting roles like high school football player Don Billingsley opposite Tim McGraw and Billy Bob Thorton in Friday Night Lights, Murtagh in the fantasy Eragon and Jack Mercer in Four Brothers opposite Mark Wahlberg.
However, for his first solo starring role, he picked a little upcoming movie you may have heard of: Tron:Legacy. Garret plays Sam Flynn, the 27-year old son of Kevin Flynn, a familiar name from Tron. To say more would ruin the fun. He is supported by Olivia Wilde (best known up until now for her role as “13″, Dr. Remy Hadley on House MD), Jeff Bridges (Tron, Crazy Heart) and Michael Sheen (Frost/Nixon, The Queen). Tron:Legacy opens in the US on December 17, following 3 years of anticipation that began at Comic-Con in 2008. Garrett has mentioned in interviews that he still has he action figure of himself that he was given a Comic-Con (photo below).
Garrett will next be seen in Country Strong opposite Gwyneth Paltrow in which he plays up and coming country singer Beau Hutton. Garrett spent his early years on a farm in Minnesota, and they only had one radio station, a country station. But preparing for Country Strong was his first experience both singing country music and playing the guitar. Immediately upon completing filming for Tron, Garrett began guitar training, 4-5 days a week, from August to January, working his way up to being able to play and sing a the same time. He moved to Nashville a month before the start of filming for Country Strong and lived on Tim McGraw’s ranch, in an effort to make sure that he was as true to Nashville and to country music, as possible. Country Strong is set for limited release on December 22, 2010 and a nationwide release on January 7, 2011.
Garrett is currently filming On The Road, (2012) based on the book by Jack Kerouac and co-starring Sam Riley and Kristen Stewart.
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I never thought the words “thank you Kirk Cameron” would ever pass through my lips, but there you go. The Hollywood Urban Legend goes that a young James Marsden was vacationing in Hawaii with his family when he met the 80’s sitcom star. An invitation from Kirk to visit Los Angeles proved to be the momentous beginning to what’s becoming an increasingly exciting career for the Oklahoma native.
We profiled James when the site first started a-way back when. Turns out our predication that he was One2Watch4 was a sound one. We do occasionally get it right. It was time to blow the dust off and update you on what James has been up to recently. After his “eye-catching” turn as Scott Summers in the first two X-Men films (and beyond disappointing disappearance in the third) James scored some great parts in big movies like Superman Returns (2006) and the film version of the Broadway musical of the cult classic film Hairspray (2007). But it was his comedic roles in Enchanted (2007) and 27 Dresses (2008) that put Marsden into a higher tax bracket, so to speak and got him some excellent exposure.
James has three attention-grabbing movies in the works. The Box, set to be released on October 30th is Donnie Darko (2001) director Richard Kelly’s next venture into the creepy with James and Cameron Diaz playing a couple who have to make a difficult life-changing decision. Filming soon is the American re-make of the cult-classic Straw Dogs (1971) where James plays a writer who comes to a rural southern town and doesn’t exactly get along with the neighbors. Speaking of re-makes, James is part of the ensemble in the American update of Death at a Funeral (2007, if you haven’t seen the original, rent it this weekend!). And finally Marsden is part of the impressive cast chosen by controversial director David O. Russell (I Heart Huckabees – 2004, Three Kings – 1999) in his next project called Nailed. It’s a very exciting future for our guy here.
And to think this was all made possible by “Mike Seaver”.
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Well it’s about damn time Bradley Cooper got some respect. I mean what does a guy have to do, have an impressive body of work that includes action, comedy and romance roles? Oh wait, that’s right. He’s done that already. Does he have to host Saturday Night Live to get any props? Well what do you know? He’s done that as well. I guess all that’s left is to get the word out there that this Bradley Cooper fella is more than just One2Watch4, he’s one you’re going to remember.
I think a majority of you are going to recognize Bradley from his TV roles, in particular his work on the popular “Alias.” He starred as a reformed celebrity chef in the short-lived Fox series “Kitchen Confidential” (along side fellow ones2watch4 alum John Cho) and recently was a hysterical night-time soap actor with questionable motives on “Nip/Tuck”. Slowly and steadily Cooper has been racking up the parts in films, mostly co-starring with bigger marquee names like Jim Carey (Yes Man, 2008) and Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn (The Wedding Crashers, 2005).
2009 is starting of well for the Philadelphia native. First we had the ensemble romantic comedy He’s Just Not That Into You and up next the comedy The Hangover (opens June 5, North America). From what I’m hearing The Hangover just may be the sleeper comedy hit of the summer. But wait it doesn’t stop there. Bradley is in the supernatural thriller Case 39 with Renée Zellweger and the object of Sandra Bullock’s desire in All About Steve. The one that’s got me very excited is the big-screen version of The A-Team, with Bradley as “Face”. Talk about perfect casting! And then there’s that rumor about his being The Green Lantern. If there is any justice all the fine work Bradley has done before will add up to this star-making role. Seriously, what more does a guy have to do?
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