John Leguizamo (born July 22, 1964) is an Emmy Award-winning and Golden Globe-nominated American comedian, actor and producer.
Leguizamo was born in Bogotá, Colombia. His father, Alberto Leguizamo, was a Puerto Rican realtor living in Colombia, where he met Leguizamo's mother, Luz. In 1968, the couple emigrated with their children to the United States and settled down in the Jackson Heights section of Queens in New York City where Leguizamo received his primary and secondary education. As a student at Murry Bergtraum High School, Leguizamo wrote comedy material and tested it out on his classmates. He was voted "Most Talkative" by his fellow classmates. After graduating from high school, Leguizamo enrolled at New York University where he took theater classes.
Leguizamo started out as a stand-up comic doing the New York nightclub circuit. In 1984, he made his T.V. debut with a small part in Miami Vice. His other early roles include: an extra in Madonna's Borderline (song) video(1984), as...
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Ice Age: The Meltdown, also known as Ice Age 2: The Meltdown in some international releases, or simply as Ice Age 2, is the 2006 film sequel to the computer-animated 2002 film Ice Age. It was produced by Blue Sky Studios for 20th Century Fox, and premiered in Belgium and the Philippines on March 29, 2006. It was eventually released in 70 countries, with the last release being in China, on June 9, 2006. It was directed by Carlos Saldanha, co-director of the original Ice Age, and the music is done by Robots composer, John Powell.
This film was originally rated G by the MPAA, but was re-rated PG by the MPAA for some mild language and innuendo. The working title was Ice Age 2: The Meltdown, but for the movie's final release, the creators decided to remove the number 2, calling it Ice Age: The Meltdown, as the movie follows the same characters as the first one, starting where the first ended. However, in the UK, Ireland, Mexico, and Australia, its title is promoted as Ice Age 2: The...
The Groomsmen is a 2006 comedy film written and directed by Edward Burns. It opened in New York and Los Angeles on July 14, 2006.
A groom and his four groomsmen wrestle with issues such as fatherhood, honesty and growing up in the week leading up to his wedding.
Paulie (Burns), a self-supporting writer, is making plans for his marriage to Sue, his girlfriend who is in her 5th month of pregnancy.
Paulie is strongly advised by his older brother Jimbo to not go through with the wedding. Jimbo, who runs a struggling business, is envious of Paulie, and his own childless marriage is unraveling.
T.C., who left the neighborhood without explanation eight years earlier, returns for the wedding. In the past, T.C. had stolen a Tom Seaver baseball card from Paulie's cousin Mike. Mike still harbors such resentment over the loss that he begins shoving T.C.
Later, T.C. hesitantly reveals that he abruptly left the neighborhood because he's gay.
The neighborhood bar is owned by Dez, who is married...
Land of the Dead (2005) is the fourth in George A. Romero's "Dead Series" started by Night of the Living Dead, which continued with the sequels Dawn of the Dead and Day of the Dead. Romero also used the Universal logo of the 1930s as a way of paying tribute to the classic Universal horror films of that period.
Some time ago, an unimaginable disaster destroyed much of human civilization: the recently dead inexplicably began returning to life and taking the lives of their living siblings. These "zombies" multiplied rapidly by adding to their ranks with every new victim. Many years later, the still-living in the vicinity have fled to the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where a feudal-like government has taken over. Bordered on three sides by rivers and on the other by an electric barricade, the city has become a sanctuary against the undead threat. Fiddler's Green, the center of this fortress city, is where the rich and powerful live in luxury while the rest of the local survivors live...,
Assault on Precinct 13 is a 2005 action / thriller movie, directed by Jean-François Richet. It is a loose remake of the 1976 movie of the same name by John Carpenter, with an updated plot, and was distributed and produced by Rogue Pictures.
Tagline:With only a few hours until the new year, Detroit's oldest police station, Precinct 13, is about to close forever. Only a few officers are on duty for New Year's Eve, including Sergeant Jake Roenick (played by Hawke). Roenick is haunted by a botched undercover operation from eight months before that resulted in the death of the other two members of his team.
Meanwhile, crime lord Marion Bishop (played by Fishburne) is arrested after a confrontation results in the death of an undercover officer. Bishop is put on a prison bus with three other criminals. A raging snowstorm and treacherous road conditions force the bus driver to make a detour to Precinct 13, where the prisoners are to be held until the storm is over.
New Year's celebrations at...,
Spun is a 2002 independent movie directed by Jonas Åkerlund and written by Creighton Vero and Will de los Santos. There are 20 producer/ co-producer credits. The film was shot in 22 days. This film holds the record for the most cuts per minute in a movie.  It includes more than 5,000 edits, a record.The movie details the lives of individuals surrounding a methamphetamine cook, drug addiction, and the multitude of consequences that can result from drug abuse. The film’s title is a reference to the slang term for the way users feel after going multiple days without sleep while on a methamphetamine binge. This is Åkerlund's début as a film director after being better known for his work on music videos. The film includes appearances from Rob Halford of Judas Priest fame, Billy Corgan, China Chow, Tony Kaye, Ron Jeremy, and Deborah Harry.
The film got mixed reactions, with some analysts remarking that the film added nothing new to the genre...,
Empire is a 2002 movie, featuring John Leguizamo and Peter Sarsgaard.
This movie is probably known best for the line "Go back to your ghetto!", which was shown in the trailers.
Victor Rosa (Leguizamo) is a gangster in New York who sells a specific brand of heroin called "Empire". His area, or "Turf" is located in the South Bronx, where his other rivals all maintain an uneasy truce. They generally respect each others borders and sanctity. All of this is maintained because it just so happens that they all purchase their drugs from the same supplier, the drug lord La Colombiana. Victor is invited to a chic white collar party by his girlfriend Carmen (Cotto). The party is being thrown by her friend Trish's (Richards) boyfriend Jack (Sarsgaard), an investment banker. Vic befriends Jack as he looks up to him and his lifestyle. With a baby on the way Vic decides he wants to go straight, an opportunity Jack provides. Vic begins to invest money with Jack, receiving significant returns ...
Ice Age is a feature-length computer-animated film created by Blue Sky Studios and released by 20th Century Fox in 2002. It was directed by Carlos Saldanha and Chris Wedge from a story by Michael J. Wilson. Its sequels are called Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006) and Ice Age 3 (2009).
Ice Age was rated PG by the MPAA.
The characters are all prehistoric animals with the exception of some early humans (who bear some Neanderthal-like facial features, yet are not shown conversing, only grunting or yelling, and possess technology that is much more sophisticated). The animals can talk to and understand each other and are voiced by a variety of famous actors. What can also be noted is that, like many films of prehistoric life, the rules of time periods apply very loosely, as many of the species shown in the film never actually lived in the same areas, let alone the same time periods.
See also List of characters in the Ice Age filmsThe film begins with an animal known as Scrat, who is trying to...
Moulin Rouge! is a 2001 Academy Award-winning Australian jukebox musical film directed by Baz Luhrmann. It tells the story of a young British poet/writer, Christian, who falls in love with the star of the Moulin Rouge cabaret actress and courtesan, Satine. It uses the colourful musical setting of the Montmartre Quarter of Paris, France. The film was nominated for eight Oscars, and won two; for art direction and costume design. It was shot at Fox Studios in Sydney, Australia.
Due to the film's international success, it has been widely credited with revitalizing the musical genre, setting the stage for films such as Chicago, Rent, Dreamgirls and The Phantom Of The Opera.In 2006 Moulin Rouge! ranked #25 on the American Film Institute's list of best musicals.
The year is 1900 and Christian (Ewan McGregor), a grizzled, unkempt British writer who came to the village of Montmartre, Paris at the height of the Bohemian movement a year before, sits in a garret...,
Titan A.E. is a 2000 animated science fiction adventure film from Fox Animation Studios and Twentieth Century Fox. The title refers to the fictional spacecraft that is central to the plot, with A.E. meaning "After Earth."The film's animation technique combines traditional hand-drawn animation and extensive use of computer generated imagery. The film is in color, running 94 minutes in length, and is rated PG for "action violence, mild sensuality, and brief language." Its working title was Planet Ice.Titan A.E. was not financially successful. After it made only $9,376,845 during its opening weekend, Fox Animation Studios was shut down. The film only grossed a total of $22,753,426 in theaters. A video game in the works for PlayStation was cancelled in order to save money. It is often listed with Atlantis: The Lost Empire, Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, The Iron Giant and Treasure Planet as an example of an animated science fiction/fantasy films that failed to attract...,
Summer of Sam is a 1999 film about the Son of Sam serial murders. It was directed and produced by Spike Lee.It is the story of a group of people in New York City (particularly the Throgs Neck/Country Club section of The Bronx) in the summer of 1977, a time in which the headlines were dominated by the Son of Sam serial killer case. The film stars John Leguizamo, Mira Sorvino, Adrien Brody, Jennifer Esposito, Michael Imperioli (who co-wrote the screenplay), and Bebe Neuwirth.While the Son of Sam is terrorizing New York City, fear-driven residents of a tight-knit Italian American neighborhood start pointing fingers at anyone who doesn't fit in the crowd as suspects. The movie focuses on a pair of young couples. John Leguizamo plays Vincent, an unfaithful hairdresser married to Dionna (played by Mira Sorvino), a hard-working waitress. Adrien Brody plays Ritchie, one of Vincent's closest friends and a newly-turned punk who dates a woman named Ruby (Jennifer Esposito); Ritchie leads a...,
Spawn is a film adaptation of Todd McFarlane's creator-owned Image comic book of the same name. It was released in the United States on August 1, 1997. The film was directed and co-written by Mark Dippé (a former animator at Industrial Light and Magic) and executive produced by McFarlane and Alan Blomquist. The movie starred Michael Jai White as Al Simmons/Spawn, John Leguizamo as Al's demonic guide and antagonist Clown/Violator, veteran voice actor Frank Welker as Malebolgia, Melinda Clarke as the assassin Jessica Priest, Nicol Williamson as Al's mentor Cogliostro, Theresa Randle as Al's widow Wanda Blake, D.B. Sweeney as Wanda's husband Terry Fitzgerald, and Martin Sheen as Jason Wynn, Al's former government employer.The premise of the movie is similar to the initial storyline of the original comics. Al Simmons, a military soldier/assassin, has been betrayed by a covert government agency head named Jason Wynn. Wynn orders his top assassin, Priest, to assassinate him. After Simmons...,
The Pest is a 1997 comedy film based on the classic short story The Most Dangerous Game. In it, comedian John Leguizamo plays a Latino con man in Miami, Florida named Pestario Vargas (also known as "Pest") who agrees to be the human target for a Neo-Nazi manhunter, in order to collect $50,000 if he survives. It is the only feature directed by Paul Miller. It is considered to be a box office and critical disappointment.
The film is considered to be a critical dud. Film website Rotten Tomatoes, which compiles reviews from a wide range of critics, gives the film a score of 11%. While Jeff Millar of the Houston Chronicle ops "This film is utterly without discipline or focus in a way that—to one's shame—one eventually finds oddly endearing," Dwayne E. Leslie of Boxoffice Magazine said that "The script and Leguizamo's talents don't mesh, so the actor comes off as more offensive than funny." Madeleine Williams of Cinematter calls the film "a revoltingly bad stinker that is easily in the...
William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet is a 1996 film adaptation of William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet, directed by Baz Luhrmann starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes.This film is a transposition of Shakespeare's play into the present day, with swords replaced by guns and castles with skyscrapers, and was directed to a younger, modern audience. However, the film retains Shakespeare's original dialogue for each of the characters. The plot of the film stays true to the play for the most part, with the exception of some minor changes in line locations and, even, giving lines to different people.Much of the film's story takes place in the fictional "Verona Beach". At the center of the city are two skyscrapers, one topped with "Montague" and the other topped with "Capulet", suggesting that the warring patriarchs are the heads of successful corporations of some sort.Most of the film was shot in Mexico City, Mexico. This was due to the background and culture of the Capulet...,
The Fan is a 1996 thriller film directed by Tony Scott and starring Robert De Niro, Wesley Snipes, and Benicio del Toro. Based on the novel of the same name by Peter Abrahams, The Fan is a psychological thriller that follows Gil Renard (De Niro) as he progresses into his own insanity. The majority of the film revolves around the sport of baseball, and explores the overt dedication displayed by some of its fanatics.
Gil Renard, a struggling knife salesman, is a temperamental divorcé who has been neglecting his responsibilities - namely his son, whom Gil awkwardly attempts to parent, and his job, which he is on the verge of losing due to poor sales. Between balancing the two, Gil displays a fervent loyalty to his favorite sport, baseball, and his favorite team, the San Francisco Giants. Gil has been following the career of the Giants' newest player, Bobby Rayburn (Snipes), since day one. Overjoyed that his favorite player has partnered with his favorite team, Gil begins to take an even...,
Executive Decision is an action film, released on Friday, March 15, 1996.The film opens with a raid on a Chechen mafia safehouse by a United States Army special forces team whose objective is to recover a stolen Soviet nerve agent, DZ-5. The raid is unsuccessful, and one of the commandos is killed. The team is led by Lieutenant Colonel Austin Travis (Steven Seagal).We are introduced to Dr. David Grant (Kurt Russell), who is taking a flying lesson and nervous about flying on his own for the first time. Later, at the office, he is informed that the world's most feared terrorist, El Sayed Jaffa (Andreas Katsulas), has been taken into custody.Oceanic Airlines Flight 343 takes off from Athens bound for Washington Dulles. Soon after, the 747 is hijacked by Jaffa's number two man, Nagi Hassan (David Suchet), and a number of Jaffa's men. In London, a suicide bomber blows up a London restaurant, and the American embassy is notified by one of Jaffa's men using a tape recorder playing into a...,
To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar is a 1995 Hollywood film, starring Wesley Snipes, Patrick Swayze, and John Leguizamo. Other co-stars include Stockard Channing, Blythe Danner, Arliss Howard, Jason London, and Chris Penn. The film's title refers to a totemic autographed photo of Julie Newmar that the trio carries with them on their journey.After Vida Bohemme (Swayze) and Noxeema Jackson (Snipes) win a major New York drag contest and a trip to Hollywood, Vida persuades Noxeema to take along the inexperienced 'drag princess' Chi-Chi Rodriguez (Leguizamo) so they can give her pointers on how to be a drag queen. The duo trade in their airplane tickets for cash and buy a beat-up old Cadillac and set off for Los Angeles.While on the road they are pulled over by homophobic and racist Sheriff Dollard (Chris Penn), who tries to sexually assault Vida, thinking Vida is a woman. Naturally he discovers Vida is not female, and in the confrontation, Dollard is knocked unconscious. The...,
Super Mario Bros. is a 1993 film based on the popular video game of the same name and Super Mario World. The film follows the exploits of Mario Mario (Bob Hoskins) and his brother Luigi Mario (John Leguizamo) in a comical dystopia ruled by King Koopa (Dennis Hopper).It was the first major motion picture to be based on a video game. The film was not a huge critical or financial success despite boasting high-caliber actors, such as Hoskins, Leaguizamo, and Hopper. It was deemed inappropriate for children, effectively eliminating the film's main demographic. However, despite this, the film did help John Leguizamo achieve some mainstream publicity. The movie is also considered a cult film and a collector's item.The story concerns Mario and Luigi, two Italian-American brothers living in Brooklyn, New York who are being driven out of business by the Scapelli Construction Company. Luigi falls in love with an orphaned University student, Daisy, who is digging under the Brooklyn Bridge for...,
Carlito's Way is a 1993 gangster film based on the novels Carlito's Way and After Hours by Judge Edwin Torres. The film adaptation was scripted by David Koepp and directed by Brian De Palma. It stars Al Pacino, Sean Penn, Penelope Ann Miller, John Leguizamo, Jorge Porcel and Viggo Mortensen. The movie's title song, "You Are So Beautiful", was performed by Joe Cocker.
The two novels on which the film are based follow the exploits of Carlito Brigante, a fictional Puerto Rican drug dealer and hustler, who goes to prison and struggles to go straight after his release. The 1993 film is based on After Hours (it used the title of the first novel to avoid being confused with Martin Scorsese's 1985 film After Hours) and focuses on Carlito's endeavours once he is released from prison with the help of his lawyer.
1975. The film begins as an apparently wounded Carlito Brigante (Al Pacino) is being wheeled away on an ambulance gurney. As a wheel becomes stuck in a crack in the pavement, the...
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