Amy Acker
Film and television actor
Amy Acker
Amy Louise Acker is an American actress. She is best known for her roles on the television series Angel as Winifred Burkle and Illyria, and on Alias as Kelly Peyton. She is also known for her role as Dr. Claire Saunders on Dollhouse.
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'Castle' Season 6: James Carpinello Cast In Guest Role
Huffington Post - over 3 years
"Castle" has cast "Mob Doctor" alum James Carpinello for a Season 6 guest role, HuffPost TV has learned exclusively. Carpinello will appear in episode 607, “Like Father, Like Daughter,” playing Frank Henson, a man incarcerated on death row for a murder he claims he did not commit. Castle (Nathan Fillion) and Beckett (Stana Katic) -- and Alexis (Molly Quinn) --– soon get involved in the case. Carpinello's other notable credits include "Gangster Squad," "The Good Wife," "So noTORIous" and Broadway stints in "Saturday Night Fever" and "Rock of Ages." The actor also shares a Joss Whedon connection with Fillion -- Carpinello is married to Amy Acker, who co-starred with Fillion in Whedon's "Much Ado About Nothing" (and in three episodes of Fillion's shortlived Fox series "Drive," created by "Angel" executive producer Tim Minear). Also set to make appearances in "Castle" Season 6 are Lisa Edelstein, who will play a tough federal investigator with ties to Beckett; Glenn Morshower, who has ...
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10 Alternatives To Summer Blockbusters
Popeater - over 3 years
Planning to see a movie over the long weekend but tired at the mere thought of sitting through bloated summer blockbusters like "The Lone Ranger," "World War Z," "White House Down," "Fast & Furious 6," "Star Trek Into Darkness" and "Man of Steel"? There's some good news: Summer 2013 is loaded with high quality art house features, many of which have floundered at the box office for no real good reason. Help change that this weekend with these 10 alternatives to the wide-release behemoths. 1. "Before Midnight" Why you should see it: Because Richard Linklater's third "Before" film might be the best one yet; because it's the one summer movie thus far that could legitimately earn a Best Picture nomination next year. 2. "Frances Ha" Why you should see it: Because Greta Gerwig is the Queen of the Summer. 3. "20 Feet From Stardom" Why you should see it: Because this documentary -- about some of the music industry's most famed and anonymous back-up singers -- is one of ...
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'Much Ado' star Amy Acker and Shakespeare go way back
USA Today - over 3 years
The actress has long held a love for the Bard's playful play poetry.
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Five Reasons To See 'Much Ado About Nothing'
MTV News - over 3 years
After a long wait that started with the raves coming out of last year's Toronto International Film Festival, Joss Whedon's "Much Ado About Nothing" finally is opening in limited release, and it is absolutely worth your time. The only thing to really say about "Much Ado" is that you owe it to your brain and your heart to go see it, but if we have to break it down, these are the five reasons we'd give for checking out the movie. Your High School Self Was Wrong About Shakespeare Remember how boring Shakespeare was in high school when the teacher barely had enough patience to get through a play with a group of uninterested teens? That was never the best environment to experience the works of perhaps the greatest writer of all time, and so you owe it to yourself to see the material handled intelligently. Whedon and his cast have such a grasp on the source material that they know that all they have to do is approach it earnestly and get out of its way. Shakespeare is Shakespeare fo ...
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Whedon makes much of Shakespeare's 'Nothing' - USA TODAY
Google News - almost 4 years
California Literary Review Whedon makes much of Shakespeare's 'Nothing' USA TODAY Filmmaker Joss Whedon (The Avengers) used a low-budget method in adapting Shakespeare's 'Much Ado About Nothing.' much0309. Benedick (Alexis Denisof) and Beatrice (Amy Acker),in Joss Whedon's film, "Much Ado About Nothing". (Photo: ... S.H.I.E.L.D.: Coulson is Back From the Dead, Confirms WhedonComicbook.com (blog) Joss Whedon talks 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' pilot, 'Star Wars' sequelEntertainment Weekly Joss Whedon Tells SXSW Crowd How He'll Bring Coulson Back From The DeadCinema Blend Huffington Post -E! Online -New York Daily News (blog) all 114 news articles »
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Headed To SXSW
Huffington Post - about 4 years
"Before Midnight," "Don Jon's Addiction," "Upstream Color," Joss Whedon's "Much Ado About Nothing" and news from John Sayles, Joe Swanberg, David Gordon Green and Jeff Nichols will screen at the 2013 South By Southwest Film Festival. Those films join the previously announced premieres of the Steve Carell comedy "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" and the horror reboot "Evil Dead" on the SXSW lineup. “It’s an incredible privilege to sift through so much exciting work, and every year brings new surprises. Though trends emerge after the fact, not consciously while we’re programming, much of this year’s program embraces love and the need/search/desire for connection,” Janet Pierson, SXSW Film Conference and Festival Producer, said in a statement. “Many films reflect importantly on our culture and include intimate looks at iconic figures, and we’re lucky to have a plethora of hugely entertaining and audience pleasing films. Even more thrilling is the opportunity to support so m ...
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Scott Mendelson: 2012 in Film: My Favorite Movies of the Year
Huffington Post - about 4 years
We come to it at last, the great list of our time (err... our year).  Anyway, after plenty of foreplay, it's time to actually rattle off my picks for the ten very "best" films of the year.  As always, these are not the 'objective' "best" films of the year, but merely my out-and-out favorites of the last twelve months.  As always, we'll do the first ten films in alphabetical order, with a final summation for my personal pick for the top film of 2012.  Without further ado, onward and downward! The Avengers (review/spoiler review): Unlike a number of blockbusters that I've discussed elsewhere, this one actually got better with repeat viewings.  I nitpicked the first time around, found problems here and there during my initial viewing, but still found it to be a relative triumph of blockbuster film-making.  But upon additional viewings, I began to appreciate the coup that Whedon and company pulled off even more.  The minor problems (a clunky first scene, issues with how a ma ...
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Joss Whedon's 'Much Ado' Gets June 2013 Release Date
MTV News - about 4 years
by Hannah Soo Park If you’re expecting Josh Whedon’s next project to be a spectacle like "The Avengers" or "The Cabin in the Woods,” you might be a little surprised to learn that the writer-director’s upcoming movie is actually a seemingly subdued modern-day take on Shakespeare’s comedy “Much Ado About Nothing.” And now, the indie Shakespeare adaptation has an official release date. Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions announced that the film, which premiered at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, will land in theaters on June 7, 2013. It may have a script derived from Shakespeare’s original text, but don’t expect stuffy period costumes—this interpretation features a contemporary spin on the classic tale (it is Whedon, after all). With his wife in the producer’s chair, the writer-director shot the film at his Santa Monica home during his free time off from filming "The Avengers." And get this: the cast includes a handful of Whedon-alums, including Amy Acker, Alex ...
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How 'Dr. Horrible' Became A Phenomenon; Plus Sequel Scoop From The Creators
Huffington Post - over 4 years
There's quite a bit of good news for fans of "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog." Not only is The CW airing the superhero musical starring Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Fillion and Felicia Day on Tues., Oct. 9 at 9 p.m. ET, marking its TV debut, the co-creators of the 2008 Internet smash said the second edition of "Dr. Horrible" will very likely come out next year. Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen co-created "Dr. Horrible" with "The Avengers"/"Buffy" honcho Joss Whedon -- Jed's brother and Tancharoeon's brother-in-law -- and are working with him on a S.H.I.E.L.D. TV spinoff. And when it comes to "Dr. Horrible" updates, they acknowledged in a recent interview that they're fully aware that fans have heard that particular song and dance before. "All we ever do is say, 'We're making it, we're making it!' and then years go by," Jed Whedon told HuffPost TV with a laugh in a recent interview. "I think if we wait any longer, people are going to be like, 'Whatever,'" Tanch ...
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Joss Whedon's Passion Project: A Shakespeare Adaptation
Huffington Post - over 4 years
TORONTO — Joss Whedon figures if Shakespeare were alive today, he might be writing superhero stories. Only better ones than Whedon and his colleagues are doing. Whedon, the writer-director behind this summer's superhero sensation "The Avengers," has unveiled a passion project at the Toronto International Film Festival – his adaptation of Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing." Considering the fantastic worlds of ghosts, sorcerers and witches of Shakespeare's works, Whedon said the playwright might feel right at home working in a superhero realm such as the Marvel Comics universe of "The Avengers." "Yeah, I think he very well might. He'd be doing it better than the rest of us. But he was not afraid of the big themes and the bigger-than-life characters," Whedon said in an interview at Toronto, where his "Much Ado" premiered over the weekend. "And his stuff was full of pop-culture references. I'm not comparing myself to him, but I am saying, yeah, I think he would ...
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Kristen Stewart Ready To Break Out At TIFF
Huffington Post - over 4 years
TORONTO — Sundance is the festival for low-budget filmmaking. Cannes and Venice are glitzy industry showplaces. The Toronto International Film Festival is both of those and everything in between, but mostly, it's a place for ordinary cinema lovers to see a lot of great movies. Toronto's status as a festival for the people is confirmed by this year's opening-night film Thursday. The festival used to begin with a small Canadian film as a nod to local crowds that have made it one of the world's biggest and most-prestigious cinema showcases. For its 37th year, Toronto opens with a big Hollywood action film, the sci-fi tale "Looper," starring Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Emily Blunt. Festival co-director Cameron Bailey said "Looper" works on "both the action level and the ideas level," making it an ideal choice for festival audiences wanting something smart and entertaining. And with "Looper" hitting theaters Sept. 28, less than two weeks after the 11-day ...
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Happy Shakespeare Day: Five Big-Screen Bard Gems
MTV News - almost 5 years
On this day way back in 1564, William Shakespeare was born... or not, because apparently his exact birth date isn’t known. But today's the day we celebrate the man!. If you’re unfamiliar with the Bard, here’s the briefest of introductions: Ol’ Will gave us a lot of pretty poetry as well as some fine plays that are the inspiration for countless TV and movie adaptations. If you’re like me, you may have supplemented your high school English class reading assignments with a few of those filmed adaptations (notice I wrote “supplemented” and not “replaced.” I never did that). So to celebrate the anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth (and death, which was definitely on April 23rd), here are my five favorite films based on or inspired by works of the Bard. 1. “West Side Story” (1961) One of the greatest movie musicals ever made, “Story” placed the “Romeo and Juliet” saga in the gang-controlled streets of New York City. The Jets and the Sharks danced and rumbled their way into film hi ...
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Movie Review: The Cabin in the Woods
Montclair Patch - almost 5 years
If you are a horror fan, you must see “The Cabin in the Woods.” If you aren't a horror fan but like your movies full of surprises, or your movie genres scrambled like eggs, you must see “The Cabin in the Woods.” Joss is boss. Or so say his devoted fans, many of who make up the "Whedonites" and "Whedonistas" in the "Whedonverse".  You don't hear about directors like Hitchcock and Tarantino having fans called "Hitchcockers" or "Tarantinites", and both those directors have a strong cult following. That's saying something.   The new yet long-awaited genre-busting horror flick "The Cabin in the Woods" has a built-in fan base just by having been co-produced and co-written by their Geek God Whedon. But for the rest of the public, the non-Whedon-evangelists, is it worth seeing?*  After sitting on a shelf for almost three years, a result of their original studio MGM's demise, Lionsgate bought the rights and is making “The Cabin in the Woods” its first post-“Hunger Games” release. That ...
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Angel Amy Acker is a Person of Interest
Boom Tron - almost 5 years
One of Joss Whedon’s go-to girls is heading to CBS’s Person of Interest for a very important role. Amy Acker (Angel, Dollhouse) will be the last “person of interest” for the freshman show’s first season. That’s a distinction I would be proud to have. Person of Interest has proved itself a capable show despite its shaky beginnings. It has come a long way and I’m excited to see where it goes with its first season finale. Its final string of episodes is set to begin airing next week, leading up to the May 17th finale. I couldn’t be more excited about the direction of this series right now. As reported by TV Guide, Acker will be playing an attractive (typical) psychologist who caters to the rich and powerful. That sounds to me like the perfect type of person to be involved in a violent crime. It’s just whether she’s the victim or perpetrator that remains unclear. Actually, it’s quite clear.  When her number is spat out by the Machine, Reese is given the task of protecting her from her ...
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Movie Review: The Cabin in the Woods
Huntington-Belle Haven Patch - almost 5 years
If you are a horror fan, you must see “The Cabin in the Woods.” If you aren't a horror fan but like your movies full of surprises, or your movie genres scrambled like eggs, you must see “The Cabin in the Woods.” Joss is boss. Or so say his devoted fans, many of who make up the "Whedonites" and "Whedonistas" in the "Whedonverse".  You don't hear about directors like Hitchcock and Tarantino having fans called "Hitchcockers" or "Tarantinites", and both those directors have a strong cult following. That's saying something.   The new yet long-awaited genre-busting horror flick "The Cabin in the Woods" has a built-in fan base just by having been co-produced and co-written by their Geek God Whedon. But for the rest of the public, the non-Whedon-evangelists, is it worth seeing?*  After sitting on a shelf for almost three years, a result of their original studio MGM's demise, Lionsgate bought the rights and is making “The Cabin in the Woods” its first post-“Hunger Games” release. That ...
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BH Interview: 'Cabin in the Woods' Star No Stranger to Sci-Fi, Special Effects
Big Hollywood - almost 5 years
Actress Amy Acker didn’t set out to become a genre actress. But the gig does have its perks. “Hey, I get to play with a flame thrower today,” Acker says of a typical day on the... View Original Post
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Amy Acker
    THIRTIES
  • 2014
    Age 37
    Acker appeared in the sitcom Husbandss third season as Claudia, the ex-fiancée of Brady Kelly who unexpectedly shows up. In March 2014, Acker was cast as Audrey, a former lover to Phil Coulson in an episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
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  • 2012
    Age 35
    Between 2012 and 2016, Acker portrayed Samantha "Root" Groves on the CBS drama Person of Interest; Groves became a regular character starting in the series' third season.
    More Details Hide Details When Root was killed during the series' 100th episode, Acker took on the voice role of the Machine. In the series finale, she appeared as Finch's manifestation of the Machine.
    In 2012, she starred as Beatrice in Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing.
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    In 2012, she made guest performances in Warehouse 13, Once Upon A Time, and Grimm.
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    She appeared in the horror movie The Cabin in the Woods, released April 13, 2012.
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    Between 2012 and 2016, she played Root on Person of Interest, having become a series regular during the third season.
    More Details Hide Details Acker was born and raised in Dallas, Texas, to a homemaker mother and a lawyer father. She graduated from Lake Highlands High School in Dallas. She subsequently earned a bachelor's degree in theater from Southern Methodist University. In her junior year of college, Acker modeled for J. Crew catalog. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in the same year. She worked as a stage actress for several seasons, including a stint at American Players Theatre in Spring Green, Wisconsin. Acker made her major television debut when she starred as Winifred "Fred" Burkle in Angel (seasons 2–5), and also as the character of Illyria for part of the show's fifth and final season.
  • 2010
    Age 33
    On May 25, 2010, she appeared on CBS's The Good Wife.
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    In 2010, she was a series regular in the ABC drama Happy Town, portraying the character Rachel Conroy.
    More Details Hide Details That same year, she starred in the season-one finale of the Fox series Human Target, as the mysterious Katherine Walters.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2005
    Age 28
    Also in 2005, Acker provided voice acting for the character of Huntress on the animated series Justice League Unlimited.
    More Details Hide Details She went on to make a guest appearance on How I Met Your Mother, in which she was reunited with Angel co-star, Alexis Denisof (the real-life husband of HIMYM star Alyson Hannigan), who had a recurring role on the show. She portrayed Dr. Claire Saunders/Whiskey, a recurring character, on Joss Whedon's Dollhouse. Acker guest-starred in 10 of the 13 episodes of the first season and three episodes of the second.
    She joined the cast of Alias in 2005 for its final season, playing villainess Kelly Peyton.
    More Details Hide Details Acker graduated from guest star to fully credited cast member as the show entered the final episodes in April and May 2006.
  • 2003
    Age 26
    On April 25, 2003, Acker wed actor James Carpinello in California.
    More Details Hide Details They have a son, Jackson (born 2005), and a daughter, Ava (born 2006).
    She won the 2003 Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television for her portrayal.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1976
    Born
    Born on December 5, 1976.
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