Dakota Johnson’s Unbelievable Achievements and Awards

Dakota Johnson

Dakota Mayi Johnson is a Hollywood Model and Actress. She starred in the comedy TV series, Ben and Kate, which premiered in the year 2012 and was aired only briefly. However, she is best known for her role as the leading female actress in a number of movies such as The Social Network, 21 Jump Street, 50 Shades of Grey, Need for Speed, and so on. While she appeared in the 2015 film, Chloe and Theo, her next project is How To Be Single, which will be released in 2016.

Dakota Johnson’s Early Life

Johnson was born on October 4, 1989 in Austin, Texas, U.S. Her mother, Melanie Griffith and father, Don Johnson are both well-known actors. Her maternal grandfather is an advertising executive Peter Griffith, who was also a former child actor. Also, her maternal grandmother is Tippi Hedren, who was a Golden Globe winning actress. Johnson is the step-daughter of Antonio Banderas. She has a total of 6 step-siblings both on her father’s and mother’s side combined.

Dakota Johnson during her photoshoot with Miguel Reveriego
Dakota Johnson during her photoshoot with Miguel Reveriego

Dakota Johnson has attended three different schools during her childhood. When she was in school, she was a very good dancer. Her interest in modeling began after her photo-shoot for the magazine, Teen Vogue, when she was 12 years old. This paved the way for her acting career, which isn’t really a surprise considering that she is a third generation actress in the family.

Dakota Johnson’s Acting Career

Dakota Johnson’s acting debut was with the movie, Crazy In Alabama, in the year 1999. In the movie, Johnson and Stella Banderas, her sister, play the role of siblings. Their mother in the movie is played by Melanie Griffith, who is their real-life mother. Also, Antonio Banderas, who was her step-father at the time, was the director of the film. In 2006, Johnson was chosen as Miss Golden Globe 2006. She was the first second-generation Golden Globe in its history.

As soon as Johnson graduated from high school, she did not waste any time before pursuing her career in acting. She soon got a role in The Social Network by David Fincher, in which her performance was widely appreciated by the critics. During the next few years, she played major roles in a number of movies, including the likes of Beastly, Chloe and Theo by Ezna Sands, and For Ellen by So Young Kim. In the year 2012, she appeared in The Five-Year Engagement, the movie 21 Jump Street and Christopher Neil’s film Goats, with David Duchovny. Next she appeared in Date and Switch as the female lead.
Dakota Johnson made her television debut on the Fox sitcom, Ben and Kate. She played the role of Kate on the short-lived TV show, in which her performance received good response. However, in 2013, only after airing a season of the show, it was cancelled. After the unsuccessful experience with television, Dakota Johnson quickly revived her career in the year 2014 with the film, Need For Speed. Apart from that, she also appeared in the movie Cymbeline, which was based on William Shakespeare’s work of the same name. She even appeared in the final episode of the TV series, The Office, in the year 2013 as one of the new employees.

Dakota Johnson has also appeared in Black Mass, 21 Jump Street, The Social Network, Need for Speed, and many more
Dakota Johnson has also appeared in Black Mass, 21 Jump Street, The Social Network, Need for Speed, and many more

Her biggest project so far has been Fifty Shades of Grey (2015), in which she plays the role of the female lead, Anastasia Steele. She won over the role by competing against the likes of Felicity Jones, Denielle Panabaker, Elizabeth Olsen, Shailene Woodleyand, and Lucy Hale. This pushed her to the top, in terms of fame. Later, she even appeared on the fortieth anniversary special of the Saturday Night live. Later, she even hosted an episode of the Saturday Night Live by herself. In 2015, she got to work again with her 21 Jump Street cast member, Johnny Depp in the 2015 movie Black Mass. She plays the role of his child’s mother.

In the year 2015, she starred in the thriller film A Bigger Splash by Luca Guadagnino. In this movie she costarred with Matthias Schoenaerts, Ralph Fiennes and Tilda Swinton. The movie will be released in the U.S. in May, 2016. Johnson also plays a widow in the movie, Forever Interrupted, for which she is also an executive producer. The film will be released later this year. She has also been cast alongside Nicholas Braun and Leslie Mann, in the comedy, How To Be Single (2016). In the Autumn/Winter 2015 issue of AnOther Magazine, Dakota Johnson also mentioned that she is training herself very intensely in ballet for the Luca Guadagnino’s upcoming remake of the Italian horror movie, Suspiria.

Confessions from 'Fifty Shades'' Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson
Confessions from ‘Fifty Shades” Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson

Dakota Johnson’s Modeling Career

Johnson considers acting as her main career choice. But, that hasn’t stopped her from modeling from time to time. She has taken several modeling projects. She modeled for the jeans Brand Mango in the year 2009 and also shot a campaign for the Australian brand, Wish in the year 2011.

Dakota Johnson’s Achievements

Dakota Johnson has acted in numerous movies over the years and her performances have been praised by the critics as well as the audiences. She has been nominated and has won quite a number of awards. For instance, for the movie The Social Network, the entire cast of the film won Ensemble Of The Year Award in the Hollywood Film Awards for the year 2010. They again won Ensemble Cast Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. Other than this, she was also nominated for two more awards for her excellent performance in the movie. Her role in the TV series Ben and Kate, gained her the award for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series in the Women’s Image Network Award in the year 2013. She won the Calvin Klein Spotlight Award for Elle Women In Hollywood. She has also been nominated for People’s choice Award in the Favorite Dramatic Movie Actress category, the decision for which is still pending.

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Gal Gadot is Wonder Woman not only for 3 movies, but in all roles she takes in.

Gal Gadot is an Isaraeli model and actress. Known popularly for her role as Gisele in The Fast and The Furious series, she was cast for the role of Wonder Woman in the DC Cinematic Universe, in the year 2013, starting with “Batman V/S Superman: Dawn Of Justice”.

Gal Gadot was born on April 30, 1985 in Rosh HaAyin, Israel. Her parents are also Israeli born, but her ancestors were Jewish immigrants from Europe. She often describes herself as 25% Austrian, 25% Polish, 25% Czech and 25% German. Her first name means “Wave” and her last name means “riverbanks” in Hebrew. Galot has given the statement that she, in fact, has been brought up in a “very Jewish, Israeli family environment”. She was in the Israeli Defense Forces for two years as a sports trainer.

gal gadot is amazing

Acting Career

Her acting career started with the Israeli Drama “Bubot”, in which she appeared as a star cast in the year 2008. After that, Gisele made an appearance in the “Fast & Furious” in 2009. It was the fourth installment in The Fast and The Furious franchise. For the role of Gisele, Gadot was selected over six other actresses. In the movie, she has performed the stunts all by herself. When asked about this, she stated that Justin Lin actually wanted to make use of her military background and knowledge weapons during the shooting. Hence she was best placed to perform her own stunts. She also claims that the main reason for her to take upon the role was her strong support for women empowerment. In many interviews, she presented the ides of strong and independent women who can defend themselves and doesn’t need men to fight their battles.

She had a small role in the 2010 action film, Knight and Day. In the same year, she also made an appearance as the character of Natanya, the girlfriend of Mark Wehlberg’s character in the movie “Date Night”. In the year 2011, she once again was seen in the next installment of The Fast and The Furious Franchise, Fast Five. Her role of Gisele was to continue in Fast & Furious 6, in which her character sacrifices her own life in order to save the life of the man she loves.

DC Entertainment made an announcement in the year 2013 about Gadot being casted as wonder women for the upcoming movie Batman Vs Superman: Dawn Of Justice, and is also signed for the future sequels of the movie. This includes Justice League, and a solo movie of the Wonder Woman. In preparation for these movies, Gadot is getting trained in kick-boxing, Capoeira, Jiu-jitsu and sword-fighting.

Presently, Gal Gadot has different roles and movie projects in different state of productions. She has already completed the movie Triple 9, a crime-thriller by John Hillcoat, co-starring Kate Winslet and Aaron Paul. She is also signed as star cast in the movie, Criminal as Ryan Reynolds’ Character’s wife. Gal Gadot has also been signed for the comedy movie Keeping Up with the Joneses, alongside Isla Fisher and John Hamm.

Gal Godot wonder woman
Gal Godot wonder woman

Modeling Career

She has been the top model for Castro since 2008. She even hosted the show many times. She has been in the advertisement campaign for Jaguar Cars, and has led international campaigns for Vine Vera skin care ranges- even Captain Morgan rum. She has been featured in Cosmopolitan, Magazine, and FHM as the cover girl. In the year 2013, the annual modeling salary for Gal Gadot was estimated to be in millions of shekels, ahead of Israeli models Shlomit Malka, Liraz Dror, and Esti Ginzburg. However she was still significantly behind Bar Refaeli.

She was crowned as Miss Israel in the year 2004; only at nineteen years old. Once she won the pageant, she took part in Miss Universe. This is  after traveling to Ecuador- in the end she could not get placed in the top 15. After that, Gadot joined the Israel Army and worked there for two years. She continued her job as a model while she was serving in the Israeli Army. She even started her studies at the University for the Studies of Law, but was called for auditioning in the film “Quantum Of Solace”. These auditions eventually got her a place in The Fast and the Furious instead.

She took part in the Maxim photo shoot “Women Of The Israel Army” in the year 2007. The photo shoot was focused on the Israeli models who also served for the Israel Defense Army. Gadot got her photo on the invitation cover and was also featured on the cover of the New York Post. She was ranked number five on the list of “the 50 most talented, intelligent, funny and gorgeous Jewish women in the world” by Shalom Life. She became the face for the Gucci’s Bamboo Perfume brand in the year 2015.

Gal Godot interview for fast and furious release 7
this Gal Godot interview for fast and furious release 7

Private Life

Gal Gadot got married to the Israeli businessman Yaron Varsano, who was her longtime boyfriend. This was in the year 2008, while she was also shooting for a Fast & Furious movie. The couple was the owner of a hotel in the Neve Tzedek district of Tel Aviv. Her husband later on sold his Tel Aviv to Roman Abramovich in the year 2015 for $26 million. The couple soon became the parents of a baby girl, Alma, in November, 2011.

Other than this, Gadot is very fond of motorcycles and is also an avid rider. She even owns a black 2006 Ducati Monster-S2R. She also plays tennis, volleyball and basketball teams.

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Hello Adele! You Bring Joy Out of Pain

Adele

Adele Laurie Blue Adkins in an English songwriter and singer. She was born on May 6, 1988 in Tottenham, London, England. Adele’s mother, Penny Adkins, was English while her father, Mark Evans, was Welsh. Her father left them very early in the marriage. At the time Adele was only two years old, while her mother was 20. Adele has always been dedicated to singing. She was doing it since she was four. She asserts that she became obsessed with voices at that young age. While growing up, she was more concentrated towards singing than reading book. The last book that she read was at an age of six. Adele wrote and composed her first record “Hometown Glory” in the year 2004, when she was 16. She wrote the record with reference to her neighborhood, West Norwood.

Adele - When We Were Young (Live at The Church Studios)

Adele’s Life

She is a 2006 graduate of the esteemed BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology. Soon after graduation, she was able to win a recording contract with XL Recordings. It was actually the result of Adele’s friend posting a demo of her singing on Myspace earlier that year. Upon the recommendation from Nick Huggett, Jonathan Dickens became the official manager for Adele. Adele also provided her voice for the song “My Yvonne” by Jack Penate for his debut album. During the production of this song, she met the producer Jim Abbiss who later produced many of her songs from her debut album “19” and also another of her album, “21”.

Adele appeared on the television for the first time in the year 2007, on BBC’s “Later… With Jools Holland” and performed “Daydreamer”. In October 2007, her breakthrough song, “Hometown Glory” was released. It was in 2008 when she won the Brit Awards for Critic’s Choice and was also named as number one predicted breakthrough at the annual BBC poll of music critics of the year 2008. Her album, nineteen, named after her age at the time of creation of the album, became number one at the British charts. She released her second single in January, 2008 by the name, “Chasing Pavements”. The songs got a place at number 2 on UK Chart and remained there for four weeks.

She received Urban Music Award for “Best Jazz Act” in the year 2008. She was also nominated for many other awards for her album “19” such as the Mercury Prize Award, Q Award, Music of Black Origin, and many others. Adele signed a deal in March, 2008 with Columbia Records and XL Recordings marking her foray into the United States. She went on a short American Tour on the same month and released her Album “19” in the US during the month of June.

Adele - Hello (Live at the NRJ Awards)

Her song, “Chasing Pavement” from her debut album gained many awards, including the 51st Annual Grammy award for the Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. In addition to these, the song itself was nominated under the categories of Record of the Year and Song of the Year. Adele released her second studio album on January 24, 2011 by the name “21” in the UK. The album was later released on February 22, 2011 in the US. Upon asking, Adele stated that the album was inspired from her break-up with her ex-boyfriend.

She performed at the 2011 Brit Awards the song “Someone Like You”, which soon rose to the number one position in the UK. The growing popularity of Adele made her album “19” re-appear on the UK top album charts along with “21”. The first and second records, “Rolling in the Deep” and “Someone Like You” climbed to the top 5 positions on the UK Single charts. Adele became the first artist, since The Beatles in 1963, to achieve the feat of top hits in both the Official Single Charts.

At the MTV Video Music Awards of the year 2011, Adele performed her song “Someone Like You”, which made the song the second number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100.

“Set Fire To The Rain” also reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, making Adele the first artist with an album on the number one position of the Billboard 200, while simultaneously also having three number one singles in the top.

Adele - Rolling in the Deep

She had to go through a throat microsurgery in the year 2011, but she made a comeback with her performance at the 2012 Germany Awards. She was nominated for six categories of the award and she won all six of them. She is the only woman apart from Beyonce to win that many awards in a single night. Her album “21” gained an immense success after the award function. She became the only artist in the last decade to earn an RIAA Diamond Certification for a single album in not more than two years.

In the year 2012, she wrote and composed the theme song for the James Bond movie, “Skyfall”. It entered the Billboard Hot 100 and sat at the eighth position. It sold 261,000 copies in the first three days in the US alone. The song also earned Adele an Academy Award for Best Original Song and Golden Globe Award for the Best Original Song category.

Adele was named Artist of the year and “21” was named the Album of the year in 2012. She became the only artist to ever gain two accolades in a row. On 20th November, 2015, Adele released her third album “25”, while the lead song “hello” was released on 23rd October. The song debuted at number one in the UK single charts and also became the biggest selling single in three years. When the video of the song was released, it set a record breaking impact with 27.7 million views in the first 24 hours and became the first song ever to set at least one million downloads per week.

Adele’s 2016 tour has been announced in November 2015. It is said to be the first tour by Adele since 2011. The tour will begin in Europe, which will continue to North America in July and will come to an end in Mexico City by November of 2016.

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Laugh until you cry with Flight of The Conchords

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Flight of The Conchords is an American musical-comedy series about the journey of two friends from New Zealand, who together formed a music band and gained fame and success in the city of New York. The show first telecasted on HBO on June 7, 2007. It has completed its two seasons, season 1 in the year 2007 and season 2 in the year 2009. However, the star cast and the producers have confirmed that there will not be a third season for the show. The show was created by James Bobin, Jemaine Clement, and Bret McKenzie. (Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie also played a fictionalized versions of themselves in the show). The other executive producers of the show are Stu Smiley and Troy Miller.

Flight of The Conchords’ Background

Rhys Darby is Murray Hewitt
Rhys Darby is Murray Hewitt

This is a story about two men, Jemaine and Bret, who turned into musicians from being shepherds. The show revolves around their routine lives, how they changed their lives and moved from their hometown in New Zealand to become a successful folk duo in New York. They live a passive life in the shattered downtown apartment they share. They do not have any money, contacts or even a bunch of friends. The only people they actually have any references too are Murray, who is officious deputy cultural attache at the New Zealand consulate and acts as manager to the boys, Mel, who is their only fan and stalker, and Dave Mohumbhai, who is a sole friend of them, working at a pawn shop.

Cast

The five characters form the focal point of the series, while their girlfriends and fellow Australians act as antagonists. The show stars real life duo of Jemaine Clement as Jemaine and Academy Award Winner Bret McKenzie as Bret, the band member of Conchords. Jemaine offers a rather serious personality who tends to overthink over anything and everything and is barely seen smiling. Jemaine plays bass in the band, whereas Bret is the guitar and Piano player, who is always seen wearing dated looking animal t-shirts.

Kristen Schaal is Mel
Kristen Schaal is Mel

Their manager, Murray Hewitt is played by Rhys Darby, an actor and comedian from New Zealand, who has also made appearances in the TV shows like Yes Man, and The Boat That Rocked. Murray has a day job as a Deputy Cultural Attache at the New Zealand Consulate. He seems to be very passionate about the band’s success, but his naivety and ignorance about the music world often comes in the way. He rather fails in each of his attempts at doing anything good for the band. For example, his comments, the likes of which include “you could be murdered, or even just ridiculed”, as he refuses to make bookings after dark, claiming that New York is dangerous, illustrates his incompetence in his job as a manager.

The Conchords Band has the fan following of just one person that is Mel, portrayed by the American actress, voice artist, writer and comedian Kristen Joy Schaal. Mel is obsessed with both Jemaine and Bret and stalks them with great passion, even though she is married to Doug. In one of the episodes, it has also been implied that she has, in fact, gone through legal trouble for stalking.

The Conchords have only one friend in New York – Dave Mohumbhai, who is portrayed by the Australian stand-up comedian Arj Barker. Dave, clearly overestimated by Bret and Jemaine, is often seen giving them love advice about the American women. He works at his family owned pawn shop and still lives with his parents, which he tries to hide claiming his parents to be his crazy roommates who likes to pretend to be his parents.
The other members of the cast include Greg (Frank Wood), Eugene (Eugene Mirman), Doug (David Costabile), Coco (Sutton Faster), Sally (Rachel Blanchard), John (Lenny Venito), Bryan (Brian Sergent) and an Australian ambassador (Alan Dale).

Development

Jemaine Clement is himself in the show
Jemaine Clement is himself in the show

Based on the successful radio series of the same name, premiered on BBC Radio 2, the show was created by Jemaine Clement, Bret McKenzie and James Bobin. The show was first broadcasted on HBO in 2007 and received a million views for the first season. The first season came out in June 2007, and the announcement for the second season was made in august 2007. The decided time for the premiere of the second season was 2008, which was later postponed to 2009. McKenzie claimed that the script writing for the second season took them a lot longer than the first, as they have used almost all their material while writing the first season.

The second season however, had only ten episodes. Where the first season was not given any such privilege, the second season was filmed in high definition. Sadly, McKenzie and Clement made the announcement of no third season in December 2009.

Performance

Bret McKenzie plays himself in the show
Bret McKenzie plays himself in the show

Flight of The Conchords has been rewarded with a positive critical acclaim where its comical style reminds us of the mock-documentary This Is Spinal Tap (1984). The audience too have enjoyed this hilarious show where humor falls in a deadpan exchange of inanities, companied by long and puzzled silences. When the show debuted in the year 2007, it registered a viewership of 100,000, whereas the second season gathered 250,000 in only the first ten days.
The show has been nominated for many awards over the time. The star cast pair was rewarded with the status of “2007, Wellingtonians of the year” in their home town. Other than this, the show was nominated under the category of “Best Television Series, Comedy Or Musical” in Satellite Awards, 2007. The show was also nominated many times in Emmy Awards, Televsion Critic Association, Writer Guild Of America and many more.

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