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Adam Sandler

Adam Sandler
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Adam Richard Sandler was born September 9, 1966. He is well known for his comedy but he is also a writer, producer, and musician. Some of his best known films include Billy Madison in 1995 and the Wedding Singer from 1998. He has acted with some of the best comedians including David Spade in Grown Ups 1 and 2.

He grew up in New York and his mother was a nurse while his dad was an electrical engineer. Humor helped him to get through school and through difficult situations in his life. When he was in college, he would perform stand-up comedy in various clubs. He graduated from New York University Tisch School of the Arts in 1988. Ironically, several of his instructors told him in college he would never succeed as a comedian or in acting.

One of Sandler’s early acting performances was on the Cosby Show as a friend of Theo’s. He was considered for the role of Wonka in the remake of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. However, Johnny Depp was given the part. He enjoys singing, and did so at his sister’s wedding when he was only 12.

He is a huge hit with not only adults but also with kids and teenagers. He has won many awards including MTV, People’s Choice, Kids’ Choice, and Nickelodeon awards. He enjoys interacting with the kids, and often donates time and money to various causes that support them. He loves baseball and is a huge fan of the New York Yankees.

Sandler has his own production company called Happy Madison after two of his best hit movies. Rob Schneider is one of his oldest friends, back from the days when they were both on Saturday Night Live. They have done 10 films together since that time. The first animated film Sandler was a part of was Eight Crazy Nights. He actually was the voice of four characters.

Over the years, Adam Sandler has had no shortage of movies. However, some of them have done exceptional well and others have been major box office flops. In 2011, his film Jack and Jill won every award – for the Golden Raspberry Awards which is for the worst movies of the year.

In 2014, Netflix announced a four-movie deal with Adam Sandler and Happy Madison Productions. His major comedy influences include Bill Murray and Rodney Dangerfield. At one point, he dated actress Alicia Silverstone. He has been married to Jacqueline Titone since 2003. The couple have two daughters.

50 Cent

50 Cent
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The rapper known as 50 Cent was born Curtis James Jackson III. He is also an actor and has been doing well in both roles. His first album, Get Rich or Die Tryin’ was very impressive and made him a household name in 2003. He was born July 6, 1975.

He was born in a part of New York known as Queens in poverty. When he was only 12 years old, he began running drugs in order to help buy food for his family. His mother was a cocaine addict and she died when he was 8. He had to live with his grandparents and several other family members. By the time he was 11, he was bringing both drugs and guns to school with him for money.

He also took up boxing as a means to help him defend himself. When he was 16, he got caught with drugs and guns at school. He was sent to a correctional boot camp for teens for 3 months. This is where he got his nickname 50 Cent. It is a metaphor for change in his world.

In 2000, he was no longer in that scene. Yet he was shot 9 times and it was a long road to recovery. He was discovered in 2002 by fellow rapper, Eminem. This is how he got his record deal with Interscope Records. The dimple on one check is really a bullet scar.

In 2005, 50 Cent wrote a book about his early life and culture and his forced world into drug selling. He also reflects on becoming a rapper and how he can give back to society in a better way in such a role. He published a second book in 2009. He states he has never had a typical job, but has plenty of respect for those that do.

In 2007, 50 Cent had a son with his girlfriend, Shaniqua Tompkins. He has always worked to have a relationship with him that he never got to have with his own father. About 40% of his gross album sales are from that first album released in 1994.

He has been involved in a variety of altercations and lawsuits over the years. The mother of his son has tried to sue him a few times due to feeling she should get money from him for her basic living needs. He has also been involved in fights with fans at concerts and even a few security guards in hotels.

Demi Lovato

Born, Demetria Devonne Lovato, this young woman has amazing talent as a singer and actress. She was born on August 20, 1992, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She has been acting since she was a young girl. Her first role was for Barney & Friends. In 2008, Lovato was cast by Disney in the hit Camp Rock. She was so popular; they cast her in her own show, Sonny with a Chance, the following year.

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He debut album was also released in 2008, called Don’t Forget. The album did very well overall, with several of the songs becoming hits. The Jonas Brothers are credited with helping her to write several of the songs on that album. She can play both the piano and the guitar. Kelly Clarkson is her role model for music while Hilary Duff is her role model in the acting realm.

Growing up, Lovato didn’t care for meat much, and by the time she was a teenager, she was a vegetarian. She does eat some meat now due to the protein it offers her body. She admitted in 2010 that she had an eating disorder but works closely with dietary professionals now. She does allow herself some indulgences though – M&Ms and Rice Crispy Treats.

Lovato often speaks against bullying. She shares that school was very hard for her early on and she was picked on. When she started junior high, she begged her mom to allow her to do home schooling. She agreed because Demi was so miserable all the time at public school.

She isn’t the only one in the spotlight. Her mother is a former Dallas Cowboy cheerleader. Her sister is also an actress. Her primary role was on Desperate Housewives as one of the children of Eva Longoria’s character.

It hasn’t been all a fairy tale though for Demi Lovato. The young woman has been in rehab for alcohol abuse. She has also been receiving treatment for bipolar disorder. She believes her dependency on alcohol was a form of self medicating to treat her underlying mental health concern.

She is now an advocate for youth that may be experiencing similar issues. She has a tattoo on each wrist as a reminder to take it one day at a time – “stay” on the left and “strong” on the right. She once met Sir Paul McCarthy, but not under the best of circumstances. In 2012, she almost ran him over while trying to park in Los Angeles.

Calvin Harris

The birth name of Calvin Harris is Adam Richard Wiles. He was born January 17, 1984. He is both a songwriter and a movie producer. He is the owner of Fly Eye Records. His first album was released in 2007 and featured several top 10 singles. His second album was released in 2010 and it also did very well.

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Harris writes songs for other artists as well. Some of the artists who have been very successful with his writing including Kylie Minogue and Rhianna. He is very selective about who he will write music for. In fact, he has a complete list of people that he won’t write for or that aren’t allowed to listen to his demos.

Harris had difficulties while on tour with Katie Perry. There were too many changes and not enough things where they should have been for his liking. He dropped out of the shows saying if things were going to look like crap, he would sound like crap, and if that were the case it was best if he didn’t perform at all.

Harris is good friends with Chris Brown, but that hasn’t always been the case. In fact, Harris was once very upset that one of Brown’s songs sounded too similar to one of his. The two had heated discussions about it and then later became very close.

He stated in 2010 that he was done being the front man. He was going to focus his time and attention on writing and producing for others. However, it seems that he has changed his mind and that he has been working on his own materials for quite some time.

Calvin Harris released an album in March of 2014 that has done very well. He plans a very large tour and it is expected that he will have sold out crowds at some of the best venues. He was banned from the show X Factor when he went on stage while someone was performing. He had a pineapple balanced on his head. While the crowd laughed, the performer and the judges weren’t thrilled by it.

Since 2013, he has been dating Rita Ora. He is 7 years older than her but neither seems to mind. She is busy with her modeling, singing, and acting.

Anna Kendrick

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Anna Kendrick is a well-known actress who was born August 9th, 1985.  She has always loved acting, and was excited about it. Her parents supported this, and even put her on the bus at the age of 10 with an older sibling so she could go to New York and audition for Broadway.  They rode this bus from Portland Oregon. This sibling is Michael Cooke, and he is an actor.

She was accepted on Broadway and her first play was High Society when she was 12 years old. Up in the Air was her role in 2002 that got her noticed. She did a variety of movies that weren’t well known for a few years. Kendrick had a secondary role in Twilight in 2008 and the follow up Eclipse in 2009 that brought her plenty of recognition. She was also in a small part of Breaking Dawn in 2012.

The role in 50/50 for her in 2011 was her first movie about romance. She has plenty of movies as well as a theatrical performance of Cinderella in 2014 and 2015.  Many believe she is going to be one of the top actresses over the next couple of years due to her variety of types of movies she is successful in.

She has been very close friends with Adam Lambert since she was 18. There have often been rumors about them romantically but she denies them. Kendrick was actually dating Edgar White from 2008 until the early part of 2013. She was nominated for a Tony after the role in High Society. Even though she didn’t win, she is the second youngest nominee.

Fans love Kendrick and her great sense of personality. She is carefree and talks openly through social media. Her topics range from a day spent being a complete bum to random talks about why masturbating is a great way to relax. Of course such posts do create some controversy but she takes it all in stride.

She loves to bake, and when she has some free time from work, she often volunteers at a local bakery. She enjoys the work and she finds it to be very therapeutic. Kendrick is short, only standing 5’ 2” tall. Her favorite place to eat is Hot Doug’s in Chicago, and they have a hot dog named after her on the menu. She loves Lord of the Rings and watches all of the trilogy often.

Angelina Jolie

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The modeling and acting career of Angelina Jolie is well documented. She was born June 4th, 1975. She has also been involved in directing and screenwriting where she is spending time behind the scenes. Her father is actor Jon Voight, and her first acting role was with him in 1982 in Lookin’ to get Out. While she was involved in many roles over the years, it wasn’t until 2001 in Tomb Raiders when she became very well known.

The depth of her roles has certainly been something to look at. In 2007 her appearance was greatly changed in the role of a mother trying to find her lost son called Changling. Many were disappointed with the movie The Accidental Tourist with Jolie and Johnny Depp in 2010. They expected more from such a dynamic duo. Yet they were quite impressed with her role that same year in Salt as a spy.

Relationships seemed to be a huge part of the media attention surrounding her. Her mom has been criticized for allowing her to have a live in boyfriend when she was only 14, as long as she still went to school and got good grades. She has been divorced from Johnny Lee Miller and Billy Bob Thorton. She also has a very rocky relationship with her father. Even though he has extended the olive branch, there remains no communication between them.

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Being married to Brad Pitt is certainly worth mentioning when it comes to Angelina Jolie. Many though have criticized how they met on the set of a movie when he was still married to Jennifer Aniston. However, both continue to claim that no romance took place during the filming of the movie.

Together, the couple have 6 children. 3 of them are adopted and 3 of them are biological. The couple have been photographed with their children all over the world and involved in an array of hands on activities. Both have been noted as passionate humanitarians. She has been to more than 30 countries out there talking to refugees.

She has recently been in the media for the decision to have a double mastectomy in an effort to reduce her genetic risk of developing breast cancer. This decision has been deemed as very bold and promoting to women stress and not to depend only on physical appearance but also on overall health and well-being. She has an estimated worth of $27 million on her own and Pitt about $30 million.

Paris Hilton

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Photo by Eva Rinaldi
The amount of publicity that always seems to follow Paris Hilton is unreal at times. She is an heiress with plenty of time to spend on shopping, traveling, and getting herself into trouble. She was born February 17, 1981 with that silver spoon in her mouth! She has been involved with modeling, acting, and creating fashion lines too though so it isn’t like she isn’t going to get any work done!

When she was a teenager, she was signed to the Donald Trump Modeling Agency. Being able to prove you got the job based on your talent and not who you are has always been hard for Hilton. She has written a couple of tell all books that show the other side of having money and fame and the problems that can come with it.

The unique elements of her fashion designs make them offered in limited supplies. This means not everyone else out there will be wearing what you are so it has become a way to be different and to be trendy at the same time. There are 44 stores around the world that sell the Paris Hilton line of clothing. She also has several fragrances that are found in retailers all over the world.

In 2003, Hilton agreed to do a reality TV show called The Simple Life with friend Nicole Richie, the daughter of singer Lionel Richie. This was how she got the image of being a dumb blonde but she still insists it was all role playing and not who she is. It was during this time she was in a relationship with singer Aaron Carter for about a year.

Not all of her media attention has been good. In 2006 there was the issue of a sex tape scandal. Later that year she was also arrested for DUI. She has had a variety of run ins with the law sense and even spent a few days in jail. It seems that in recent years though she has been working to get things back on track.

In 2011, she was the star of reality TV show called The World According to Paris. The show was to follow her daily life but it was a huge flop. Even the introduction of her boyfriend Cy Watts couldn’t help. The couple broke up a few months ago. Being caught on tape talking trash about gay people in late 2012, she hasn’t be in the public eye much lately.