Irving Rameses Rhames (born May 12 1959) is a Golden Globe-winning American actor.
Rhames was born in New York City, New York to African-American parents Reatha, a homemaker, and Ernest Rhames, an auto mechanic. He was named after retired NBC journalist Irving R. Levine and grew up in Harlem, Manhattan. A good student, Ving entered New York's High School of Performing Arts, where he discovered his love of acting. After high school he studied drama at SUNY Purchase where he met fellow actor Stanley Tucci, who gave him his nickname "Ving". He later transferred to Juilliard, where he began his career in New York theater.
Rhames first appeared on Broadway in the play The Winter Boys in 1984. Ving continued his rise to fame through his work in soap operas. He found work as a supporting actor, and came to the attention of the general public in Pulp Fiction (1994) as Marsellus Wallace. Rhames also was getting public exposure on television as Peter Benton's brother on the medical drama ER, a...
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Day of the Dead is the 2007 horror film remake of George A. Romero's classic zombie film of the same name, the third in the Living Dead series. The film is directed by Steve Miner (who also directed Friday the 13th Part 2, Friday the 13th Part 3 and Halloween H20: 20 Years Later) and written by Jeffrey Reddick. It is set to be released in the United States sometime in 2007. It is definitely scheduled for release in the Netherlands 2007-11-15.The plot of the original film was about a small group of survivors inside of an underground storage facility when the world becomes overrun with zombies.
At this point so little information is known about this movie that little can be determined about the actual plot.
According to Reddick, this film does not have any connection to Zack Snyder's 2004 remake Dawn of the Dead. Reddick told ComingSoon.net:
A teaser poster has surfaced over the internet. There is no word as to whether this is an official poster or simply...,
Idlewild is an American musical film, released August 25, 2006, written and directed by Bryan Barber. The film stars André Benjamin and Antwan A. Patton, best known under their respective stage names André 3000 and Big Boi of the band OutKast.
Distributed by Universal Pictures, the film is a Universal and HBO Films production with Mosaic Media Group and Forensic Films. The cast includes Terrence Howard, Paula Jai Parker, Paula Patton, Cicely Tyson, Ben Vereen, Patti LaBelle, Ving Rhames, Macy Gray, Faizon Love, Bruce Bruce, Malinda Williams, and Bill Nunn. The film's score is by John Debney, though the soundtrack of the film is written and performed by OutKast.
Percival (Benjamin) and Rooster (Patton) have been good friends since childhood. However as they grow up they each begin to live separate lives. Percival works at his father Percy Senior's (Vereen) morgue preparing dead bodies during the day, and works at a local club called Church (owned by Ace (Love)) at night playing the...,
Mission: Impossible III (abbreviated M:i:III) is the third film based on the television series Mission: Impossible starring Tom Cruise who reprises his role of IMF agent Ethan Hunt.
The film was directed by Alias creator and Lost executive producer J. J. Abrams. It was first released on April 26, 2006 at the Tribeca Film Festival, and widely released in the United States on May 5, 2006. Filming began in Rome, Italy in July 2005. The film had been kept under extremely tight wraps, and very little was known of its plots or new featured characters during filming. Location filming took place in China (Shanghai, Xitang, and Zhouzhuang), Germany (Berlin), Italy (Rome), the United States (California and Virginia), and Vatican City.
Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) has retired from being an IMF team leader, instead opting for a quiet life with his fiancée Julia (Michelle Monaghan), a hospital nurse.
The film begins in medias res with Ethan and Julia held captive and threatened by an unnamed man. The...,
Dawn of the Dead is a 2004 horror film remake of George A. Romero's 1978 film of the same name. The remake and original both depict a handful of human survivors living in a shopping mall surrounded by swarms of zombies, but the details differ significantly. Directed by Zack Snyder, the film was released by Universal Studios and stars Ving Rhames, Sarah Polley, and Jake Weber with cameos from original cast members Ken Foree, Scott Reiniger and Tom Savini. It was released in the United States on March 19, 2004, and in the United Kingdom on March 26, 2004.Tag line:Ana, a nurse, finishes a long shift at her Milwaukee County hospital and returns to her peaceful suburban home. She and her waiting husband Louis make love and go to sleep, missing warnings beginning to trickle through the local media concerning a mysterious and rapidly-spreading contagion which turns its infected hosts into reanimated flesh-eating ghouls.The next morning they are awoken by their zombified neighbor, a young...,
Dark Blue is a 2002 film directed by Ron Shelton.
Set in the Los Angeles Police Department in April 1992, the movie is a thriller that takes place just days before the acquittal of four officers (three white and one Hispanic) in the beating of black motorist Rodney King and the subsequent L.A. riots. In this racially-charged climate, the LAPD's elite Special Investigations Squad (SIS) is assigned a high-profile quadruple homicide. As they work the case, veteran detective Eldon Perry, known for his tough street tactics and fiery temper, tutors SIS rookie Bobby Keough in the grim realities of police intimidation and corruption. Meanwhile, Assistant Chief Arthur Holland believes the SIS to be corrupt and is the only ranking officer in the department willing to stand up to the SIS and their corrupt commander Jack Van Meter. Holland has recently turned down a position as chief of the Cleveland Police Department in order to become Los Angeles' first African American police chief. While...,
Undisputed is a 2002 action movie released through Miramax. The film starred and was co-produced by Wesley Snipes, directed by Walter Hill, and written by David Giler and Walter Hill, who is probably best known as the writer/director of 48 Hours and Streets of Fire, but had most recently directed Supernova. He co-wrote the film with David Giler, with whom he had previously collaborated on the Alien series and Southern Comfort. Direct to video sequel without any of the original cast members Undisputed II: Last Man Standing was released in 2006.
In this film that is surely reminiscent of the real-life events of Mike Tyson and Desiree Washington, George "Iceman" Chambers (Rhames), a heavyweight boxing champion, is convicted of rape and sentenced to prison; which turns his world upsidedown. Apparently, the warden allows a limited amount of boxing to take place at the prison, and an old-time con, Mendy Ripsten (Falk) arranges a fight between Chambers and the undisputed prison champion,...
Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within is a science fiction film by Hironobu Sakaguchi, the creator of the Final Fantasy series of RPGs. It was released on July 13, 2001 in the United States and it was the first animated feature to seriously attempt photorealistic CGI humans.
The story follows scientists Aki Ross and Doctor Sid in their efforts to free Earth from a mysterious but deadly alien race known as the Phantoms, which has driven surviving humanity into "barrier cities." They must compete against General Hein, who wishes to attack the aliens with the Zeus space cannon to end the conflict.
The film received mixed reviews and was a box office bomb, with losses estimated at over US$120 million.
Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within is set on an alien-infested Earth in the year 2065 . The remaining humans live in "barrier cities" all over the world and attempt to free their planet from the Phantoms, an alien race. The only hope for the planet comes from the scientist Aki Ross and her...,
Mission: Impossible II, or M:I-2 as it is also known, is the 2000 John Woo-directed sequel to Brian De Palma's 1996 Mission: Impossible motion picture, based on the TV series of the same name.M:I-2 sees IMF agent Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) teaming up with former partner Luther Stickell (Ving Rhames), professional thief Nyah Nordoff-Hall (Thandie Newton) and helicopter pilot Billy Baird (John Polson) in order to thwart the plans of former IMF agent Sean Ambrose (Dougray Scott). The film also stars Brendan Gleeson, Richard Roxburgh and Anthony Hopkins in an uncredited role as Hunt's overseer Swanbeck.The film combined James Bond-style espionage action (in contrast to the last film and TV series) with John Woo's visual flair, including his trademark slow-motion, double fisted pistol shootouts and white doves appearing before combat. However, the limiting PG-13 rating applied to the film meant that the final picture was considerably toned down in violence from his past works, such as Broken...,
Bringing Out the Dead is a 1999 English language motion picture. It is a dark drama about paramedics shot mostly at night in Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan a neighborhood in New York City, directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Nicolas Cage, Ving Rhames, John Goodman, and Tom Sizemore as paramedics, as well as Patricia Arquette. The movie is based on a novel by Joe Connelly, a former New York City medic.
The movie is centered on paramedic Frank Pierce (Cage). It takes place over the course of three days as Pierce works three separate shifts with three different partners (Goodman, Rhames, and Sizemore characters). Each of these characters are very different people and thus each shift is a very different experience for Pierce. For example, Rhames's character is a born again Christian, a subject which arises on several occasions during their time together.
Pierce is burned out and somewhat unstable from too many years on the job. He works several long shifts in a row and behaves erratically...
Entrapment (1999) is an American film directed by Jon Amiel, and starring Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta-Jones.Virginia 'Gin' Baker (Zeta-Jones) works for an insurance firm, attempting to capture the legendary art thief Robert MacDougal (Connery) by making him believe that she is a thief herself, thus entrapping him. Unbeknownst to Baker's employers, however, she is in reality a master thief herself who hopes to enlist MacDougal's help in pulling off the 'Crime of the Millennium'.The viewers get their first hint of the upcoming plot twist when MacDougal denies entrapping Baker, telling her, "No, actually it's called blackmail; entrapment is what cops do to thieves."Filming locations for the film include:The film opened to poor reviews . Many of the critics noted that the film seemed centered around a scene where Zeta-Jones worms around a net of laser beams. The camera lingers on her buttocks through much of the scene. Critic Scott Weinberg said "OK, if you own a TV then you've...,
Out of Sight is a 1998 Academy Award-nominated movie directed by Steven Soderbergh and based on the novel of the same name by Elmore Leonard. It was the first of several collaborations between Soderbergh and star George Clooney. The film was released on June 26, 1998.
This film is regarded as Soderbergh's comeback movie after several critically acclaimed but financially disappointing films. It was nominated for two Academy Awards (adapted screenplay and editing). It won the Edgar Allan Poe Award for best screenplay and the National Society of Film Critics awards for best film, screenplay, and director. A modest success in its theatrical release, it led to a spinoff TV series, Karen Sisco, and has achieved a cult following.
The story revolves around the relationship between a career bank robber, Jack Foley (George Clooney), and a U.S. Marshal, Karen Sisco (Jennifer Lopez). They are forced to share her car trunk during Foley's escape from a Florida prison. After he completes his getaway...
Con Air (1997) is an American action/thriller movie by Touchstone Pictures, starring Nicolas Cage, John Cusack and John Malkovich. It is produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Simon West. The film is set aboard, and borrows its title from, the Justice Prisoner and Alien Transportation System, an airline used by the government to transport criminals across the country.
The film featured the hit song "How Do I Live", performed by Trisha Yearwood. The movie was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Song and Sound, losing to Titanic in both categories.
Cameron Poe, an honorably discharged United States Army Ranger returns to Alabama from a finished his tour of service in Operation Desert Storm to reunite himself with his pregnant wife, a waitress at a local diner. Upon leaving the diner, he is assaulted by three belligerent customers and kills one of them in self-defense. He is tried and found guilty of manslaughter and receives a sentence of 7-10 years because his military skills...,
Rosewood is a 1997 film, starring Ving Rhames as a fictional character who travels to the town of Rosewood, Florida and becomes a witness to the 1923 massacre. Also starring was Don Cheadle as Sylvester, a non-fictional character who also became witness to the atrocities, and Jon Voight, as a white store owner who inhabits a village near Rosewood. The three characters become entangled in a desperate attempt to save whomever they can from the rage of the racist whites of Rosewood. The director was John Singleton.Due to gore, violence, a sexual episode, and a profusive usage of racial slurs and curses, the film was given an MPAA rating of R. The film did better with critics  than any John Singleton film since Boyz N the Hood. Despite that, the film was not a commercial success and was unable to earn the $30 million budget back.The difficult subject matter (a white-led massacre of blacks) made it hard for the film to immediately gain widespread appeal.There was, and remains,...
Striptease is a 1996 erotic comedy film starring Demi Moore, Burt Reynolds, and Ving Rhames. The film was directed by Andrew Bergman. Based on the book Strip Tease by Carl Hiaasen, it is about a stripper who becomes involved in both a child custody dispute and corrupt politics.
Striptease was generally not well-received by critics. The film wound up winning several Golden Raspberry Awards (Razzies), which are given to what are seen as being the worst films of the year. Among these awards given to Striptease was the Razzie Award for Worst Picture of 1996.
The film revolves around Erin Grant (Moore), a former FBI secretary, who loses custody of her young daughter Angela. In order to afford an appeal, Erin becomes a stripper at the Eager Beaver, a Floridian club. A Congressman named David Dilbeck (Reynolds) visits the club and immediately begins to adore Grant. Aware of Dilbeck's embarrassing indulgences, another Eager Beaver patron approaches Erin with a plan to manipulate the...,
Mission: Impossible (1996) is the first movie based on the television series Mission: Impossible. It was directed by Brian De Palma and starred Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt. The movie was the third highest grossing of the year. It was followed by 2000's Mission: Impossible II and 2006's Mission: Impossible III.
Ethan Hunt (Cruise) is an agent who serves as a point man on a squad of intelligence operatives known as IMF, which is headed by Jim Phelps (Jon Voight). The movie begins with the team assembling for a mission in Prague to stop a traitor from stealing the Non-official cover (NOC) list—a comprehensive list of all IMF agents in Eastern Europe which includes their call signs and their real names. The mission goes inexplicably wrong, apparently resulting in the assassinations of nearly the entire team, including Phelps, leaving Hunt the sole survivor.
Fleeing the scene, Hunt sets up a rendezvous with Agent Kittridge (Henry Czerny), a member of the CIA, at a café where he...,
Pulp Fiction is an Academy Award-winning 1994 film written by Quentin Tarantino and Roger Avary and directed by Tarantino. The film has a fragmented storyline and is known for its eclectic dialogue, heavy arthouse and independent film influences, ironic and campy style, unorthodox camerawork, and numerous pop culture references. Tarantino and Avery won Academy Awards for Best Original Screenplay and the film was nominated for seven Oscars in total, including Best Picture; it also took home the Palme d'Or at the Festival de Cannes.The plot, in keeping with most other Tarantino works, runs in nonlinear order. The unconventional structure of the movie is an example of a so-called postmodernist film. The film's title refers to the pulp magazines popular during the mid–20th century, known for their strongly graphic nature. Much of the film's dialogue and many of its scenes are based on other works of B-grade movies.
Pulp Fiction is divided into six distinct but interrelated stories where a...,
Dave is a 1993 comedy-drama movie written by Gary Ross, directed by Ivan Reitman, and starring Kevin Kline (in a dual role), Sigourney Weaver, Frank Langella, Kevin Dunn, Ving Rhames, Ben Kingsley, and Laura Linney. Ross was nominated for an Academy Award for his screenplay. Kline's performance was nominated for a Golden Globe Award.
Kline plays Dave Kovic, who runs a temporary employment agency in Georgetown, Washington, D.C.. As a sideline, he makes appearances impersonating President William Harrison "Bill" Mitchell, whom he greatly resembles (and who is also played by Kline). Mitchell's devious Chief of Staff, Bob Alexander (Frank Langella), hires Kovic to make an exit at an appearance of President Mitchell, to cover up Mitchell's extramarital affair with White House staffer Randi (Laura Linney).
When the real President Mitchell suffers a stroke during the affair that leaves him in a coma, Bob Alexander sees an opportunity. Along with Communications Director Alan Reed (Kevin...
Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot is a 1992 comedy film starring Sylvester Stallone, Estelle Getty and JoBeth Williams. Critically panned, it was awarded three Golden Raspberry awards, including Worst Actor.
The film was a rare foray into comedy for Stallone, and was given a wide release largely based on his reputation, with his name prominently featured on the marquee at theaters. Due to the placement of the lettering at several theaters, movie fans report that the title was displayed at some theaters as "STOP OR MY MOM WILL SHOOT SYLVESTER STALLONE."On Fox Sports' The Best Damn Sports Show Period, Stallone was a guest when another guest, Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Booger MacFarland told Stallone that he saw this film in the theater and that Stallone owed him $20. Stallone paid up.
Reviews for the film were overwhelmingly negative. It has a 6% rating at Rotten Tomatoes. Film critic Roger Ebert's review declared:
"Stop! Or My Mom...
Ving Rhames was born in New York, New York, United States