David Guetta (born on 7 November 1967 in Paris) is a French DJ. In 2005, his single "The World Is Mine", which contains a sample of Simple Minds "Someone Somewhere In Summertime", topped European dance charts. Vocals for his songs have been performed by a variety of notable artists including Chris Willis, Cozi Costi, Kelly Rowland, Akon, and will.i.am. In 2009, Guetta produced the Black Eyed Peas song "I Gotta Feeling" for their album The E.N.D. A remix of the song is also included on his most recent album One Love. He also made 2 remixes of another single from the album, "Boom Boom Pow", as "Boom Boom Guetta" and "Boom Boom Wow". In 2008, he was elected as World DJ No. 5 and best house DJ by the British DJ magazine.
Los Angeles (pronounced /lɒs ˈændʒələs/ los-AN-jə-ləs; Spanish: [los ˈaŋxeles], Spanish for "the angels") is the largest city in the state of California and the second largest in the United States. Often abbreviated as L.A. and nicknamed The City of Angels, Los Angeles has an estimated population of 3.85 million and spans over 498.3 square miles (1,290.6 km2) in Southern California. Additionally, the Los Angeles metropolitan area is home to nearly 12.9 million residents. Los Angeles is the seat of Los Angeles County, the most populated and one of the most diverse counties in the United States. Its inhabitants are known as "Angelenos" (/ændʒɨˈliːnoʊz/). Los Angeles was founded September 4, 1781, by Spanish governor Felipe de Neve as El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Angeles del Río de Porciúncula (The Village of Our Lady, the Queen of the Angels of the river of Porziuncola). It became a part of Mexico in 1821, following its independence from Spain. In 1848, at the end of the Mexican-American War, Los Angeles and California were purchased as part of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, thereby becoming part of the United States; Mexico retained the territory of Baja California. Los Angeles was incorporated as a municipality on April 4, 1850, five months before California achieved statehood. Los Angeles is one of the world's centers of business, international trade, entertainment, culture, media, fashion, science, technology, and education. It is home to renowned institutions covering a broad range of professional and cultural fields, and is one of the most substantial economic engines within the United States. As the home base of Hollywood, it is known as the "Entertainment Capital of the World", leading the world in the creation of motion pictures, television production and recorded music. The importance of the entertainment business to the city has led many celebrities to call Los Angeles and its surrounding suburbs home.
Aliaune Badara Akon Thiam better known by his middle and stage name Akon (pronounced /ˈeɪkɒn/), is a Senegalese-American R&B singer-songwriter, record producer, businessman, and philanthropist. He rose to prominence in 2004 following the release of "Locked Up”, the first single from his debut album Trouble. His second album, Konvicted, earned him a Grammy Award nomination of the single "Smack That". He has since founded two record labels, Konvict Muzik and Kon Live Distribution. Akon often sings hooks for other artists and is currently accredited with over 200 guest appearances and 32 Billboard Hot 100 songs. He is the first solo artist to accomplish the feat of holding both the number one and two spots simultaneously on the Billboard Hot 100 charts twice.Background
Akon has claimed in interviews that his full name is Aliaune Damala Bouga Time Puru Nacka Lu Lu Lu Badara Akon Thiam although there is some ambiguity and debate about Akon's legal name and birth date. Akon is usually credited as Aliaune Thiam. In addition to the longer form, Akon's full name has been reported both as Aliaune Badara Thiam and Alioune Badara Thiam  and About.com claims that this middle name has never been independently verified. In regards to his birth date, some media institutions have reported that Akon was born in 1981. Other sources, including the AP, have indicated that Akon was born in 1973 and was delivered by Senegalese doctor Magueye Seck. Legal documents released by The Smoking Gun list Akon's name as Aliaune Damala Thiam and his date of birth as 1973-04-30 or 1973-04-16, however the BBC states he was born on 14 October 1981. According to the Smoking Gun article, "By all indications, he was born April 16, 1973." When asked his age during an interview with VIBE, Akon reportedly responded, "The only thing I hide is my age... before I lie to you, I'd rather say nothing." It has since been reported by many media outlets that his birth certificate reads that he was born on April 16, 1977. Early life As the son of famed Senegalese percussionist Mor Thiam, Akon was raised in a musical setting and taught to play several instruments including the djembe. He was born in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A. so that he would not have to go through the immigration process, but he lived in Dakar, Senegal until the age of 7, split time between America and Senegal until he was 15, then he moved permanently to Jersey City, New Jersey. During Akon's alleged time in jail for 3 years, he began to understand his music abilities and developed an appreciation for his musical background. Akon's unique blend of West African-style, skills and moves eventually caught the ears of executives at Universal. Akon began writing and recording tracks in his home studio. The tapes found their way to SRC/Universal, which released Akon's debut LP Trouble in June 2004. The album is a hybrid of Akon's silky, West African-styled vocals mixed with East Coast and Southern beats. Most of Akon's songs begin with the sound of the clank of a jail cell's door with him uttering the word "Konvict". Personal life Akon is a Muslim, as he explains he has never drunk alcohol due to his faith. He has also been rumored to have three wives, however he has since revealed that he only has one, named Tomeka. Akon claims he has six children three different women in an interview with Blender. Akon claims to have great relationships with all his children, and that he wishes to keep his family protected from the public eye. He also states that his religion made him a better person, and provides guidance to how he acts among others in life. He also has his own charity for underprivileged children in Africa called Konfidence Foundation. Akon owns a diamond mine in South Africa and denies the existence of conflict diamonds (Otherwise casually referred to as 'blood diamonds'), saying, "I don't even believe in conflict diamonds. That's just a movie. Think about it. Ain't nobody thought about nothing about no conflict diamonds until the movie came out." However, he has since stated that he does accept that blood diamonds exist, and that he is partial-owner of an African mine that is dedicated to avoiding use of blood diamonds while also donating profits to local communities. He allegedly had a previous occupation as a drug dealer but has stated in interviews that he's never used drugs, though some of his lyrics would suggest otherwise. Despite his alleged criminal history, he proclaims that he has turned his life around.
Edward Regan Murphy, né le 3 avril 1961 est un humoriste, acteur, chanteur et producteur américain. Eddie Murphy est devenu célèbre aux États-Unis grâce à ses talents d'humoriste, découverts dans ses prestations à l'émission Saturday Night Live et ses spectacles Delirious (1984) et Raw (1987). Par la suite, sa célébrité a atteint le monde grâce à ses rôles dans Le Flic de Beverly Hills, Le Professeur Foldingue (Nigaud de professeur au Québec), et plus récemment dans Dreamgirls, pour lequel il a reçu une nomination aux oscars de 2007 (meilleur second rôle). La chaîne Comedy Central le classe au dixième rang des plus grands comiques américains de tous les temps.Jeunesse [modifier] Eddie Murphy naît à Brooklyn, New York. Sa mère se nomme Lilian Murphy et est téléphoniste et son père est Charles Murphy, policier. Le jeune Eddie a 3 ans lorsque le couple divorce, (son père sera tragiquement tué 5 ans plus tard par sa nouvelle compagne) et vit avec sa mère et son frère Charles (aujourd'hui acteur et scénariste) à Brooklyn jusqu'à l'âge de 10 ans. Sa mère se remarie ensuite avec Vernon Lynch, un ancien boxeur travaillant en tant que contremaître dans une usine de crèmes glacées et ayant déjà un fils prénommé Vernon. La famille déménage à Roosevelt, Long Island, où Murphy fréquente l'école. Son goût pour l'humour se développe très tôt, et Murphy est déjà célèbre à l'école pour ses imitations et ses blagues qui faisaient fureur chez les élèves, mais aussi chez les enseignants. Il comprend vite que son humour peut le mener loin et cherche très tôt à se produire devant un public. Il est persuadé de la possibilité de faire carrière dans le show-business et se donne en spectacle à la moindre occasion. Débuts dans le stand-up et la comédie [modifier] Il développe ses propres sketches, basés sur des imitations de vedettes telles que Lionel Richie, Bill Cosby, Al Green ou Elvis Presley et se produit pour la première fois sur scène dans le centre jeunesse de son quartier en juillet 1976. Le style comique de ses débuts s'inspire grandement de ses idoles Richard Pryor et Bill Cosby, humoristes américains célèbres dont il sera considéré comme étant l'héritier. Il exécute ses numéros dans les centres jeunesse et les bars moyennant de petits cachets; l'argent ainsi amassé lui permettra plus tard de s'inscrire à l'école technique supérieure du quartier Garden City de New York. Sa réputation s'établit rapidement, et il a l'occasion de se produire dans le club comique mythique des États-Unis, le Comic Strip, à New York. Les propriétaires du club sont très impressionnés par son talent et sa précocité et décident de prendre sa carrière en main. En 1980 (Murphy a tout juste 19 ans), après une très courte période d'études supérieures, il passe une série d'auditions pour participer au programme télévisé comique Saturday Night Live. Il convainc les producteurs du programme de son talent et participe à la saison 1980-81. Ses apparitions sont remarquées, si bien qu'il fait partie de la distribution régulière dès la saison suivante. À l'époque, Saturday Night Live voyait ses audiences s'éroder et le budget de production était limité. Durant les 3 années qui suivent, Eddie Murphy et son acolyte Joe Piscopo participent à la plupart des sketches passés à l'antenne, et le programme regagne rapidement son public, offrant ainsi à Murphy une notoriété nationale, grâce à une galerie de personnages devenus cultes. Carrière d'acteur [modifier] Personnalité montante aux États-Unis grâce à sa participation à Saturday Night Live, Murphy ne tarde pas à faire ses premiers pas au cinéma. Le réalisateur Walter Hill, qui recherche un acteur susceptible de donner la réplique à Nick Nolte dans son nouveau film, auditionne Murphy qui obtient ensuite le rôle. 48 heures sort en 1982. Malgré tout, son interprétation ne séduit pas les producteurs du film, et il faut l'intervention du producteur Jeffrey Katzenberg (co-créateur de DreamWorks SKG avec Steven Spielberg) pour que Murphy ne soit pas renvoyé. Il reçoit des cours de comédie, dispensés par David Proval (connu pour son rôle de Richie Aprile dans Les Soprano) pendant le tournage, pour l'aider à trouver l'agressivité nécessaire à l'interprétation de son rôle de malfrat. En 1983, Murphy partage l'affiche avec Dan Aykroyd dans Un fauteuil pour deux, marquant sa première collaboration avec John Landis (qui réalisera plus tard Un prince à New York et Le Flic de Beverly Hills 3), qui s'avère être le deuxième succès commercial de sa carrière en autant de films et lui vaut d'ailleurs à 21 ans une citation au Golden Globe Award. En 1984, il figure dans le film Une défense canon qui ne rencontre pas son public mais n'affecte pas Murphy, dont l'implication dans ce film est limitée à un rôle de soutien. Il tient l'affiche dans Le Flic de Beverly Hills, dans lequel il interprète le flic Axel Foley : le film devient à l'époque l'un des 10 plus gros succès commerciaux de tous les temps aux États-Unis, propulsant Eddie Murphy au rang de star. En marge de sa carrière d'acteur, Murphy poursuit son parcours d'humoriste et développe deux spectacles dans les années 1980 : Delirious (1983) et Raw (1990). Son style humoristique mêle imitations et récits d'histoires plus ou moins basés sur sa vie et portent la trace des inspirations d'Eddie Murphy : Richard Pryor et Bill Cosby, qu'il imite par ailleurs dans ses spectacles. Ses sketches les plus célèbres figurent dans une série d'albums, avec notamment Eddie Murphy (un Live au Comic Strip) 1982 et Comedian en 1983, qui remporta le Grammy Award du meilleur album comique. Il fit même de la musique avec une série de singles entre 1985 et 1993 (voir Singles). En 1986, il tient le premier rôle dans la comédie Golden Child - L'Enfant sacré du Tibet (The Golden Child) et reprend en 1987 son rôle d'Axel Foley dans Le Flic de Beverly Hills 2. Comme pour The Golden Child, les critiques ne sont pas dithyrambiques mais le film est encore une fois un énorme succès. Dans Un prince à New York (Coming to America) (1988), il incarne un prince africain qui se rend à New York pour trouver la femme idéale. En 1989, Murphy fait ses débuts en tant que réalisateur et réalise un rêve en travaillant avec son idole Richard Pryor, dans Les Nuits de Harlem, dont l'action se déroule dans le Harlem des années 1930. De succès en échecs [modifier] Le début des années 1990 marque un ralentissement de sa carrière, ses films réalisent moins de recettes dans le monde : Monsieur le député, Boomerang, et Un Vampire à Brooklyn n'ont pas le succès escompté. Même Le Flic de Beverly Hills 3 ne permet pas de relancer sa carrière, cette franchise ayant pourtant été jusqu'alors très populaire. En 1996 sort le film Le Professeur Foldingue (The Nutty Professor), qui est un grand succès commercial. Murphy y interprète une nouvelle fois plusieurs rôles différents, avec l'aide d'effets spéciaux et de maquillage. Cette multiplication de sa personne dans ses films devient une signature, et contribue à son succès tout au long de sa carrière, depuis Un prince à New York en 1988 jusqu'à La Famille Foldingue (The Nutty Professor) en 2000. Après Dr. Dolittle, Murphy alterne les succès commerciaux (voix dans Mulan, La Famille Foldingue, Shrek, Le Flic de San Francisco) et les échecs (École paternelle, Perpète, Showtime, Espion et demi). Certains de ces films sont des échecs retentissants qui écornent l'image de Murphy, à l'image de Pluto Nash en 2002, qui reste à ce jour l'un des films ayant généré le plus de pertes de l'histoire du cinéma. Eddie Murphy multiplie également les participations à des projets de films et séries d'animation dans les années 2000 avec les Shrek, ainsi que The PJs et Father of the Pride, séries télévisées auxquelles il prête sa voix. En 2006, il interprète le rôle de James « Thunder » Early dans Dreamgirls. Ce rôle lui permet de décrocher le Golden Globe et le Screen Actors Guild Award du meilleur second rôle masculin ce qui lui apporte sa première nomination aux Oscars de 2007 dans la même catégorie. Vie personnelle [modifier] Divorcé de sa première épouse Nicole Mitchell Murphy avec laquelle il a eu cinq enfants en 13 ans de vie commune, Eddie Murphy est actuellement marié avec la productrice de cinéma, Tracey Edmonds depuis le 1er janvier 2008. Il a par ailleurs reconnu le 4 août 2007 la paternité d'une fille qu'il a eue avec l'ex chanteuse des Spice Girls, Melanie Brown, dénommée Angel Iris Murphy Brown et née le 3 avril 2007. Projets [modifier]
En 2007, Murphy prête à nouveau sa voix au personnage de l'Âne dans Shrek le troisième, et tient l'affiche dans la comédie Norbit, dans laquelle il joue trois personnages différents. En 2008, il apparait dans une comédie de science-fiction, Appelez-moi Dave (Meet Dave), et un Shrek 4 a d'ores et déjà été annoncé. En outre, Murphy annonce la reprise de son rôle d'Axel Foley dans Le Flic de Beverly Hills 4 dont le script serait en cours de finalisation.
Vin Diesel (born Mark Sinclair Vincent; July 18, 1967) is an American actor, writer, director and producer. He became known in the early 2000s, appearing in several successful Hollywood films, including The Fast and the Furious and xXx. He founded the production companies One Race Films, Tigon Studios and Racetrack Records.Early life
Vin Diesel was born in New York City, the son of Delora, a psychiatrist and astrologer. Diesel is biracial and has Italian and black ancestry. He has described himself as "definitely a person of color" and stated that he is "of ambiguous ethnicity - Italian and a lot of other stuff". Diesel has never met his biological father, and was raised by his African-American stepfather, Irving, an acting instructor and theatre manager. He made his stage debut at age seven when he appeared in the children's play Dinosaur Door, written by Barbara Garson. The play was produced at Theater for the New City in New York's Greenwich Village. His involvement in the play came about when he, his brother and some friends had broken into Theater for the New City's space on Jane Street with the intent to vandalize it. They were confronted by the Theater's Artistic Director, Crystal Field, who instead of calling the police, handed them scripts and offered them parts in the upcoming show. He remained involved with the theatre throughout adolescence, going on to attend the city's Hunter College, where his creative writing studies led him to begin screenwriting. Diesel became an active film-maker in the early 1990s, first earning notice for the short film Multi-Facial, which was selected for screening at the 1995 Cannes Festival. Diesel has identified himself as a "multi-faceted" actor as a result of early difficulties finding roles due to his mixed heritage. In an interview on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, he said that he changed his name to "Vin Diesel" while working as a bouncer at the New York City nightclub Tunnel, because in that business one's real name is not usually given out. The name "Vin" is simply a shortened version of "Vincent". He received the nickname "Diesel" from his friends who said he ran off diesel, referring to his non-stop energy. He has a fraternal twin brother named Paul, a younger brother named Tim, and a sister named Samantha.Career
Diesel at a premiere for Fast & Furious in March 2009 Diesel's first film role was an uncredited appearance in the 1990 film Awakenings. He then produced, directed, and starred in the 1994 short film Multi-Facial, a short semi-autobiographical film which follows a struggling actor stuck in the audition process, because he is regarded as either "too black" or "too white", or not black or white enough. He made his first feature-length film, 1997's Strays, an urban drama in which he was self-cast as a gang boss whose love for a woman inspires him to try to change his ways. Written, directed and produced by Diesel, the film was selected for competition at the 1997 Sundance Festival, leading to an MTV deal to turn it into a series. He was then cast in Steven Spielberg's 1998 Oscar-winning film Saving Private Ryan on the poignancy of his performance in Multi-Facial. He earned critical acclaim for voice work as the title character in the animation film The Iron Giant (1999). He followed it up with a major role in Boiler Room (2000) and then got his breakthrough role as the anti-hero Riddick in Pitch Black (2000). He attained action hero super stardom with the box office hits The Fast and the Furious (2001) and xXx (2002). In 2004, he reprised his role as Pitch Black's Riddick in The Chronicles of Riddick which did moderately well at the box office. In 2005 he played a lighthearted role in the comedy film The Pacifier, a surprise box office success. In 2006 he chose a dramatic role playing real-life mobster Jack DiNorscio in Find Me Guilty. Although he received critical acclaim for his performance, the film did poorly at the box office. Later that year he made a cameo appearance in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, reprising his role from The Fast and The Furious. Diesel was originally offered the lead in 2 Fast 2 Furious but turned it down. He was also offered the chance to reprise his role from xXx in xXx: State of the Union but turned it down as well. In March 2006, Diesel stated that he was working on a sequel to The Chronicles of Riddick. In 2007, he was set to produce and star as Agent 47 in the film adaptation of the video game Hitman, but eventually pulled back and served as executive producer on the film instead. In 2008 he starred in the science-fiction action thriller Babylon A.D.. He again played Dominic Toretto in the fourth film of The Fast and The Furious series, titled Fast & Furious and released in April, 2009. Personal life
Diesel is noted for his recognizable deep voice, he has said that his voice broke naturally at around age 15, giving him a mature sounding voice on the telephone. Around 2001, Diesel dated his The Fast and the Furious co-star, Michelle Rodriguez. While Diesel was visiting the Dominican Republic in October 2005, a 23-year-old architecture student accused Diesel of trying to have her kicked out of the bar for refusing to go back to his hotel room. Diesel denied the allegations, citing the club's history of problems unrelated to him. Diesel claims that he prefers dating in Europe, where he is less likely to be recognized and where celebrities are not romantically linked to each other. He prefers to maintain his privacy regarding his personal life: “ I'm not gonna put it out there on a magazine cover like some other actors. I come from the Harrison Ford, Marlon Brando, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino code of silence. ” Diesel has played Dungeons & Dragons for over twenty years and wrote the foreword for the commemorative book 30 Years of Adventure: A Celebration of Dungeons & Dragons. In the 30th Anniversary of Dungeons & Dragons issue of Dragon Magazine, they examine the fact that Diesel played Dungeons & Dragons, and reveal that he had a fake tattoo of his character's name, "Melkor," on his stomach while filming xXx. Diesel has an interest in the online MMORPG World of Warcraft as seen in interviews with Jonathan Ross  and Curt Schilling, and also as evidenced by the installation of a computer game system on one of his cars. Diesel has a daughter, Hania Riley, born April 2, 2008, with his girlfriend, model Paloma Jimenez. Speaking to An tEolas, an Irish newspaper, Diesel spoke of how he has been seen as a hard man, but is in touch with his soft side as a proud father.
Benjamin Edward "Ben" Stiller (born November 30, 1965) is an American comedian, actor, writer, film director, and producer. He is the son of veteran comedians and actors Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara. After beginning his acting career with a play, Stiller wrote several mockumentaries, and was offered two of his own shows, both entitled The Ben Stiller Show. After acting in a few films, Stiller had his directorial debut with Reality Bites, and has since written, starred in, directed, and/or produced over fifty films and television shows. His films have grossed more than $2.1 billion, with an average of $78 million per film. In 2008, he starred in the film Tropic Thunder, which he also co-wrote, co-produced, and directed. Stiller is a member of the comedic acting brotherhood colloquially known as the Frat Pack. With multiple cameos in music videos, television shows, and films, he may be best known for his roles in There's Something About Mary, Meet the Parents, Zoolander, Tropic Thunder and Night at the Museum. Throughout his career, he has received several awards and honors including an Emmy Award, several MTV Movie Awards, and a Teen Choice Award.
Love is any of a number of emotions and experiences related to a sense of strong affection and attachment. The word love can refer to a variety of different feelings, states, and attitudes, ranging from generic pleasure ("I loved that meal") to intense interpersonal attraction ("I love my boyfriend"). This diversity of uses and meanings, combined with the complexity of the feelings involved, makes love unusually difficult to consistently define, even compared to other emotional states. As an abstract concept, love usually refers to a deep, ineffable feeling of tenderly caring for another person. Even this limited conception of love, however, encompasses a wealth of different feelings, from the passionate desire and intimacy of romantic love to the nonsexual emotional closeness of familial and platonic love to the profound oneness or devotion of religious love. Love in its various forms acts as a major facilitator of interpersonal relationships and, owing to its central psychological importance, is one of the most common themes in the creative arts.