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Hollywood Celebrities List: Fifty and Fabulous

keanu-reeves_wordpress21. Keanu Reeves Born: September 2, 1964 (age 52)

Reeves is pictured here in a scene from the 2016 crime mystery Exposed. Keanu Reeves, who’s been acting since the mid 80’s, seemed to transform overnight into a superstar and sex symbol with his appearance in the lead role for the hit movie Speed. Co-starring Sandra Bullock, another noteworthy A-Lister, who’s aging quite gracefully. Bullock is also 52. A great display of Reeves’ vitality can be found in his portrayal of Donaka Mark in the martial arts action drama Man of Tai Chi. Yes indeed. This hero hunk from The Matrix Trilogy has still got it.

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2. Halle Berry Born: August 14, 1966 (age 50)

This bombshell babe just made the list by a few weeks. Having only turned 50 a little over a month ago. Halle Berry’s career in acting started in the late 80’s to early 90’s. One of Berry’s unforgettable breakout roles was Vivian, a prostituting drug addict, in the Spike Lee film classic Jungle Fever. Because of her acting ability to easily transition character roles and her unwavering youthful beauty Berry went on to be the first African-American woman to win an Oscar for Best Actress in the powerful 2001 romance drama Monster’s Ball.

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3. Patrick Dempsey Born: January 13, 1966 (age 50)

The former Grey’s Anatomy star has been on the acting scene since the mid 80’s. With memorable movies like, In the Mood (aka The Woo Woo Kid) and Can’t Buy Me Love. Once a McDreamy always a McDreamy. Not to mention Dempsey’s off-screen passion for collecting vintage and sports cars. Add professional race car driver/team owner, Dempsey Racing, to his repertoire and you have the makings of a real life bad boy heartthrob.

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4. Jamie Lee Curtis Born: November 22, 1958 (age 57)

Absolutely stunning. A staple of the Hollywood community, Jamie Lee Curtis first graced the silver screen in the late 70’s. She made her mark and earned her place amongst Hollywood royalty with her reoccurring role as Laurie Strode in John Carpenter‘s Halloween. Curtis is no stranger to television, as her career has come full circle back to the small screen, where her acting career first started. From an appearance on the famed TV show Charlie’s Angels to a regular role as Dr. Samantha Ryan on the Emmy nominated prime time television series NCIS.

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5. Tom Cruise Born: July 3, 1962 (age 54)

As for Hollywood royalty, Tom Cruise is the cream of the crop. Cruise starred in his first film in 1981. It seems Hollywood producers hit pay dirt when they discovered a handsome young Tom Cruise. Since his role as Cadet Captain David Shawn in the all-star cast of the timeless movie drama Taps nearly every film consecutively Cruise has starred in went on to be a fan favorite and Box Office success.

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6. Eddie Murphy Born: April 3, 1961 (age 55)

Murphy made his way into our hearts and homes back in the early 80’s. With his first hit film 48 Hrs. in 1982 and the release of his first, self titled, stand-up comedy special the same year. He’s enjoyed continued success in film throughout the entirety of his career. Gaining the most notoriety as a regular cast member of the infamous comedy television series Saturday Night Live. Appearing on the show from 1980-1984.

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7. Angela Bassett Born: August 16, 1958 (age 58)

Hard to believe this lovely lady is almost 60. Pictured here, earlier this year at the 2016 BAFTA Awards, wearing a flattering fuchsia gown designed by Galia Lahav. A veteran, Angela Bassett began her career in television then transitioned to film. Her first movie role was a stewardess in the family comedy Kindergarten Cop in 1990. The next year, in 1991, Bassett was thrust into the limelight with a credited film role as Reva Styles, the mother of Cuba Gooding Jr.‘s character in John Singleton‘s explosive crime drama Boyz n the Hood. And the rest, as they say, is history.

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8. Blair Underwood Born: August 25, 1964 (age 52)

An early pioneer of prime time television of the 80’s and 90’s that paved the way for current legal drama and crime investigation television series, Blair Underwood was a sexy regular cast member of L.A. Law. He’s had some successful film roles in his career. Most notably, Set It Off, Rules of Engagement, Malibu’s Most Wanted and Madea’s Family Reunion. Underwood is best known for his television acting career. Recently, he appeared on the popular TV show The Good Wife and he also plays Andrew Garner on ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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9. Sarah Jessica Parker Born: March 25, 1965 (age 51)

SJP, as she is affectionately known, was cast in her first TV movie in 1974 at the age of 9. And, she still exudes that fresh-faced effervescence at 51. Since around 2000, Parker has become a permanent fixture of the fashion industry and the face of a variety of well known brands. Even launching her own signature perfumes, clothing & accessories line and the SJP Collection of shoes at Nordstrom. Undoubtedly, much of Parker’s success in the world of fashion can be attributed to her character urban fashionista Carrie Bradshaw from the trendy TV show Sex and the City.

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10. Kevin Bacon Born: July 8, 1958 (age 58)

Kevin Bacon is a legend in his own right. Cast in his first ever known acting role in 1978 as Chip Diller in the unruly comedy Animal House. Where he starred alongside other acting legends, the likes of John Belushi and Donald Sutherland. The list of riveting film performances delivered by Bacon is sensationally long. These days you can find Kevin Bacon performing off-screen as well with his brother Michael Bacon. In 1995, the Bacon Brothers band was formed. The band is currently still touring.

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Transformers: Age of Extinction

Transformers: Age of Extinction starring Mark Wahlberg


The first time I saw a movie trailer for this film I thought, “Hell yeah!” I’m almost sure everyone remembers the Transformers. Mark Wahlberg is, of course, hot and one of my favorite actors. And, the special effects and action scenes are righteous. Last night I had the pleasure of watching the full length movie, which is just over 2 1/2 hours long. Although the action does pick up fairly soon in the beginning the movie starts off kind of dull. I especially didn’t care for the early scenes between actor Mark Wahlberg and actress Nicola Peltz who plays Wahlberg’s teenage daughter. Their relationship as father and daughter just isn’t believable. Wahlberg, in real life, is 43 years old and stands at about 5’8″. The two actors would have been better cast as love interests in my opinion. According to IMDb.com casting director credits go to Denise Chamian, Mickie Paskal and Jennifer Rudnicke but I’m honestly not sure who should take the heat for the film cast. After all this is a Steven Spielberg production and I have yet to see one of his films fall short. I guess there is a first time for everything because the casting in this instance honestly took away from a great body of work. Sources report that the three lead roles (Wahlberg, Pelka and the role of Pelka’s boyfriend played by actor Jack Reynor) are contracted to appear in the next three sequels. If you consider the fact that independently both Wahlberg and Peltz gave an excellent performance that could only mean that Executive Producer and Film Director Michael Bay dropped the ball on this one. It has yet to be announced whether or not Bay will return to direct a future Transformers production. Not that it really matters to me (I never agree with their ratings) but when the movie was released late June 2014 it received poor reviews from film critics, ranking at only 18% on Rotten Tomatoes and making it the lowest ranked film of the Transformers franchise. Transformers: Age of Extinction turned out to be a hit at the box office and grossed over $1 billion worldwide. Where I can agree with film critics about this movie is with their great appreciation for the performances that Mark Wahlberg, Kelsey Grammer and Stanley Tucci delivered as well as the outstanding visual effects, and action sequences. — http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transformers:_Age_of_Extinction

The action certainly makes up for the film’s few shortcomings. According to fxguide.com Transformers: Age of Extinction was a massive production. Much larger in scale than the first three films in the franchise. Age of Extinction required a bigger crew size, complex effects shots, higher quality stereo delivery and the shooting locations were more dynamic. In fact, it is the largest film production in the history of visual effects studio Industrial Light & Magic. ILM visual effects supervisor Scott Farrar is quoted saying that the Age of Extinction film was the “heaviest data wrangling picture I’ve ever done, the largest in ILM’s history. It was the largest crew I’ve ever had – 500 people. It was IMAX and 3D so you’re rendering twice as much at least. Our work is about 90 minutes worth of the movie.” — http://www.fxguide.com/featured/age-of-extinction-ilm-turns-up-its-transformers-toolset/

90 minutes worth of action packed visual wonder and amazement. All of the Transformers characters’ mechanics are visually intricate. The Autobots gang includes Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Hound, Drift, Crosshairs, Ratchet, Leadfoot and Brains. They each take on an extremely realistic human persona. Actor John Goodman is the voice of Hound, a chubby but nimble Autobot with a scruffy beard made of wire coils, nuts and bolts who chews on bullets as though they were cigars. Hound makes his debut in this film operating as the Autobots’ heavy artillery gunner. He transforms into an Oshkosh Defense Medium Tactical Vehicle. I really enjoyed his character. Hound cracks a lot of jokes, making light of an otherwise gloomy situation whenever he can and he is just a downright lovable guy. — http://screenrant.com/transformers-4-characters-autobots-decepticons-dinobots/

It is truly astounding the level of depth in robotic animation achieved in Transformers: Age of Extinction. The cinematography capturing the action sequence integration between the actual human cast and the digital renderings was nearly flawless. Admittedly, the making of this particular 3D IMAX film production was by far the largest undertaking for visual effects studio Industrial Light & Magic. Quite the handful by any standards. Don’t get me wrong, the visual effects were phenomenal. Unfortunately, they weren’t absolutely impeccable. Call me a knit-picking perfectionist. Perhaps the most difficult part of this creative process was the marrying of the actor’s takes and the digital animation. From what I was able to notice there are a couple of frames in the movie where both Mark Wahlberg’s and Jack Reynor’s stunt doubles were blatantly obvious. I found it distracting to the eye. I immediately became confused about which actor was in the scene. A little off-putting to the direction of the film plot. Overall, nothing major in that respect. Age of Extinction is definitely a movie the entire family will enjoy. If you are looking for a humorous, fast action, digitally high-tech movie with sweet rides I would highly recommend Transformers: Age of Extinction.  But don’t take my word for it, check out the movie trailer below then pick up your copy available on BLU-RAY™ , BLU-RAY 3D AND DIGITAL HD today!

 

“Autobots must escape sight from a bounty hunter who takes control of the human serendipity: Unexpectedly, Optimus Prime and his remaining gang turn to a mechanic and his daughter for help.” — http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2109248/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_8

 

Transformers: Age of Extinction TRAILER 1 (2014) – Mark Wahlberg Movie HD

Published on March 4 2014

Earth is scarred by the events of the past three movies, but is moving on after all the giant robots disappeared. Cade Yeager, an inventor, discovers a buried Transformer, which sets the stage for the return of the Autobots and Decepticons.

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