Excitement at the Holiday Box Office

Christian Bale jumps out the holiday box in two movies—Out of the Furnace and American Hustle. He plays Russell Blaze, a blue collar worker, who must save his missing brother involved with a crime ring. Bale takes on the role of a con man (Irving Rosenfeld) in American Hustle. Irving is forced to work for the FBI and must enter the world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia with his seductive partner, Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams). American Hustle will be released on December 13, 2013. Out of the Furnace will be released December 6, 2013.
For the fans of Middle Earth, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug will be released December 13, 2013. Gandalf, Bilbo Baggins, and the thirteen dwarfs are back to finish their quest to reclaim Lonely Mountain. To reach the mountain, the band must pass through the Forest of Mirkwood, a place ridden with giant spiders and other unfriendly residents. Finally, they must face the dragon Smaug at Lonely Mountain.
Looking for comedy? Madea is back to spread the Christmas spirit with her outright ridiculous mannerisms. Taking place in a small country town, Madea is sure to rustle up the neighborhood. Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas will be released December 13, 2013. The sequel to Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy will be released on December 20, 2013. Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) returns with his famous news team—Wes Mantooth, Brick Tamland, and Brian Fantana—to start up twenty-four hour news channel for New York.
The holiday box office will explode on Christmas Day, releasing six movies— 47 Ronin, Grudge Match, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The Wolf of Wall Street, August: Osage County, and The Invisible Woman. 47 Ronin will entertain audiences with samurai sword fights as Keanu Reeves leads a group of samurais to overtake a warlord. Sylvester Stallone and Robert DeNiro will duke it out in the comedic boxing movie, Grudge Match. Leonardo DiCaprio chronicles the rise and fall of Jordan Belfort in The Wolf of Wall Street. Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep will scream at each other in August: Osage County and The Invisible Woman will please romantics with a scandalous story of Charles Dickens and his secret lover.
Also, make sure to check out Inside Llewyn Davis, Saving Mr. Banks, Her, The Past, The Lone Survivor, and One Chance at the box office this holiday season.

Noah Ringer Wins 3rd Annual TheSky.com “Coming of Age” Best Actor

Noah Ringer, who played Aang in The Last Airbender, was nominated for, and won, the 3rd Annual TheSkyKid.com “Coming of Age” Best Actor movie award for his role. The Last Airbender was Ringer’s very first acting experience as he hasn’t had any prior, however he returned to the screen in 2011 as Emmett in Cowboys & Aliens. In 2008, Ringer’s taekwondo instructor, Eric Pechacek, received an email that invited any interested students to audition for the role of Aang for the film. He had been the one to introduce Ringer to the TV show version of The Last Airbender after watching it himself and noticing the resemblance of appearance and personality of Noah and Aang; Fellow students even called Noah ‘Avatar’ because of his shaved head, a similarity to Aang. Thus, his taekwondo master encouraged him to audition for the role that Noah eventually won and went on to win an Best Actor award for.

For his audition, Noah taped a video of himself dressed in Aang attire (Which was a Halloween costume of the character he had wore the year before), recited a few lines, and performed an XMA Jahng Bong routine before sending in the tape. A month later, he was called to meet with the movie’s director, M. Night Shyamalan. The a month after that, he officially received the part of Aang. Noah’s background in martial arts helped him excel at portraying Aang, especially since he only had a month to prepare for filming. For training, he practiced at the Young Actors Studio in Dallas, Texas with Linda Seto who he did intense study with. During filming, he also trained in various types of martial arts, and he still continues to attend those studio classes even though training for the movie has long since ended.

His role as Emmett for Cowboys & Aliens was his last film in 2012, but Noah posted on his real FaceBook page back in September of 2013 that he was currently working on a new project. There is no word on what that project exactly is yet. Noah was also nominated for two other awards based on his role of Aang in The Last Airbender, The Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film and A Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Screen Couple, which the entire case of The Last Airbender was nominated for. Noah reprises his role of Aang in the video game version of the movie.

10 Hollywood Stars With Texas Roots

Any list of Hollywood stars with roots in Texas must include Noah Ringer who starred as Aang in the 2013 film “The Last Airbender.” Noah was born Noah Andrew Ringer in Dallas in 1966. Noah’s family tree includes American Indian heritage. An accomplished martial arts black belt winner of 2008, Noah was encouraged by his instructor to attend the film’s casting call.

Born in Uvalde in 1969, Matthew McConaughey made his acting debut in the 1993 comedy “Dazed & Confused.” Voted ‘most handsome’ in his high school yearbook, McCoughney earned a degree in Radio-Television Film from University of Texas-Austin in 1993. His most recent film is 2013’s Dallas Buyers Club.

Grande Prairie was the birthplace of actress/musician Selena Gomez in 1992. Named after a Tijano singer, Selena is of Mexican and Italian heritage. Her acting career began with an appearance on “Barney & Friends,” a children’s television program. As an adult, Gomez became an entrepreneur with the formation of July Moon Productions and the Selena Gomez & the Scene band.

Jennifer Love Hewitt was born in Waco in 1979. To further her daughter’s talent and ability, Jennifer and her mom relocated to LA where she attended high school. Jennifer’s role on “Party of Five” was the result of friendship with a high school classmate who became a talent scout. Jennifer’s first starring role was in the 1993 film “Little Miss Millions.”

Award winning star of “The King of Scotland,” Forest Whitaker was born in Longview in 1961 to an insurance salesman and a special education teacher. Recently, Whitaker learned he is a descendant of Nigerian Igbo slaves and the Akan tribe from Africa’s Ivory Coast. Whitaker’s first film role was as a bodyguard in the “Tag: The Assassination Game” film of 1982. Whitaker’s most recent portrayal was as Cecil Gaines in “The Butler.”

Actress/singer/songwriter Beyonce Knowles was born in Houston in 1981. Of African American and Creole lineage, Beyonce’s name is derived from her mother’s maiden name Beyince. This very talented actress began her career as Xania in “The Pink Panther.” Beyonce’s crowning role to date is as herself in a bio-pic entitled “Life Is But A Dream.”

Appearing in seasons one and six of Donald Trump’s “Celebrity Apprentice” series, Gary Busey was born William Gary Busey in 1944. Prior to a serious brain injury resulting in minimal brain dysfunction incurred during a motorcycle accident, Busey won an Academy Award for his role in “Lethal Weapon” and for his portrayal of Buddy Holly in 1978’s “The Buddy Holly Story.”

Noah Ringer to star in “The Peppercorn Chronicles” in 2014

Noah Ringer is adding another impressive entry to his resume by agreeing to star in the upcoming film “The Peppercorn Chronicles.”

The movie is based loosely on a short film called “Mrs. Peppercorn’s Magical Reading Room,” which won best short film at the 2011 HollyShorts Film Festival. Filmmaker Mike Le Han also wrote the screenplay with his wife, Helen. The British couple is partnering with the production company Black Lake.

Ringer is co-starring with Jodelle Ferland and Michael Eklund. Ferland is best known for her supporting turn in the film “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,” while Eklund has appeared in the movie “The Call” with Halle Berry and Abagail Breslin.

“The Peppercorn Chronicles” will be Ringer’s third high-profile film in his young career, following 2010’s “The Last Airbender” and 2011’s “Cowboys & Aliens.” Ringer received the “Coming of Age” Best Actor award from TheSkyKid.com for his work in director M. Night Shyamalan’s “Airbender.”

Like Ringer’s previous two films, “The Peppercorn Chronicles” is broad in scope, as filmmakers are planning a trilogy of films. The movies revolve a teen girl’s adventures at fictional Black Lake. The girl meets the son of a local baker, and the two discover the dark secrets that the area holds, eventually uncovering the truth about the girl’s presence in the town. The story has been compared favorably to “Twilight” and “Harry Potter,” further fueling talk of a potential franchise.

The film is shooting in both the United States and Hungary beginning in early 2014. The release date for the movie has yet to be announced.

Ringer first leaked word of his involvement in the project through social media in September 2013, though he did not mention “The Peppercorn Chronicles” specifically. The movie is in line with his previous two roles, as all three incorporate elements of fantasy and science fiction.

In “The Last Airbender,” Ringer played the character of Aang, which marked his debut in feature films. In addition to award from TheSkyKid.com, Ringer also received a nomination for Best Performance By a Leading Young Actor at the Young Artists Awards. Ringer parlayed that success into the role of Emmett Taggart in “Cowboys & Aliens,” a movie that also starred Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig.