Ben Foster
Actor, producer
Ben Foster
Ben Foster is an American actor. His film roles include The Laramie Project, Liberty Heights, Get Over It, Hostage, X-Men: The Last Stand, Alpha Dog, 30 Days of Night, The Messenger, Bang Bang You're Dead and Pandorum. He received best supporting actor nominations from both the Saturn and Satellite Awards for his 2007 role in the film 3:10 to Yuma.
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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: "The Forgotscars:" Celebrating the Oscar Omitted
Huffington Post - about 1 month
I do this every year. I don't know if anyone reads it. Frankly, it's hard to know who reads my stuff lately. It gets lost in the abyss of a Trump presidency. Anyway, with the nominations just announced for the 89th Academy Awards, naturally I'm left bummed out with the omissions. That said, this year the Academy - for the most part - got it right. Sure, they flubbed. I mean no Amy Adams? Are you nuts? The Best Actress race should've been between the Arrival star and 20th Century Women's Annette Bening yet neither were nominated. This is Ridley Scott and Ben Affleck bad. Other omissions? An as expected low showing for Nocturnal Animals, and a complete shaft to Tom Hanks. Oh, and yes Mel Gibson there's a place for you in Trump's America. Anyway, back to the start and me writing this column each year. Here's my annual "forgotscars" - a list of nominees of those not nominated. There are no awards but feel free to weigh in on the comments section. Best Picture Deadpool Lo ...
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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Another Guy Making Oscar Predictions
Huffington Post - about 1 month
A week from today the nominations for the 89th Academy Awards will be announced, and I'd expect a few jaw-dropping omissions (Ryan Gosling?) and additions (Michael Keaton?) like every year. That said, I think we'll see less surprises this year than in years past (ie. La La will sing and dance to the tune of a lot of nods. I'll also say #oscarssowhite isn't going to happen this year. There's just too many amazing performances and films to pass over this year plus Cheryl Boone Isaacs totally revamped the Academy's voting process. Anyway, here I am writing down my Oscar predictions like everybody else in the world. Read on, and predict your own. Guess right on all, and win a pony! Best Picture I'm going to say the Academy uses eight slots this year, but will add the last two here in case they go all the way or to nine. Arrival Hell or High Water Hidden Figures La La Land Lion Loving Manchester by the Sea Moonlight Hacksaw Ridge Fences Potential Surprises Sil ...
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The Cinema Year That Was: Zaki's Flick Picks 2016
Huffington Post - about 2 months
Read on to see my personal picks for my favorite cinematic experiences for the calendar year that's now closing. There were some very strong offerings this year, and there are plenty of flicks that just missed the cut, but here's what I ended up putting in my top ten: 10 - Weiner This fascinating documentary uses the fall-rise-fall arc of disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner to make some very pointed observations about our media culture and its intermingling of our politics. Given Weiner's tangential role in the closing days of this past election, with his sex scandal arguably becoming one more of the asterisks next to Donald Trump's election, this film has taken on an entirely different context in the closing months of the year than it did at the start. All of that makes it even more required viewing for students of both politics and media. (Click here for my interview with the filmmakers behind Weiner.) 9 - Star Trek Beyond "Better to die saving lives than to liv ...
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The Best Films 2016
Huffington Post - 2 months
As we go forward, movies guide us. They give us directions. They motivate us. They provide rest stops, comic relief and flashbacks to the past. And they reassure us that we will thrive. It's a perfect time to reflect on the most inspiring films, performances and artistic achievements of this last year. Check out the best in film in 2016. (Photos courtesy of Fox Searchlight, Disney Studios, 20th Century Fox, A24, Amazon Studios, Roadside Attractions) Best Films Arrival -- (***1/2) Director Denis Villeneuve (Sicario, Prisoners), creates a compelling sci-fi movie, based on Eric Heisserer's thoughtful, feminist screenplay. Aliens arrive in massive floating pods in 12 locations around the world. A linguist (Amy Adams) tries to communicate with them and save humanity. Jeremy Renner and Forrest Whitaker co-star in a film filled with suspense, dread and brain-numbing science. The Birth of a Nation -- (****) An uncompromising retelling of the country's most heralded sl ...
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'Hell or High Water' shows the bigotry, violence, poverty and quiet love in the world, cast says
LATimes - 3 months
Chris Pine, Ben Foster and Jeff Bridges are sitting at a table three days before election day and no one in the room realizes how much more relevant their already timely film, “Hell or High Water,” is about to become. “I think it really shines a light on the separation of the 1% from the 99,” Pine...
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Zaki's Review: <i>Inferno</i>
Huffington Post - 4 months
When I reviewed The Da Vinci Code ten years ago, I found the feature adaptation of Dan Brown's best-selling novel beset with glacial pacing and a decidedly un-cinematic structure. Despite my many qualms, director Ron Howard and star Tom Hanks (turning in his usual thoroughly reliable performance as Brown's hero, Harvard Professor Robert Langdon), certainly weren't among Da Vinci's problems. When the pair reunited three short years later for follow-up Angels &amp; Demons (based on Brown's first Langdon novel), it seemed to mostly address the pacing problems of the previous installment, and I found it mostly engrossing (albeit mostly forgettable too). So, two movies in, I was fifty-fifty on this series. And now, after an extended seven-year gap, Hanks and Howard are back once more for Inferno, an adaptation of Brown's 2013 novel of the same name. Featuring a script by David Koepp (going solo after co-writing Angels with Akiva Goldsman), this third entry boasts the usual panoply of anci ...
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Woodstock Film Festival Wraps 17th Edition With Industry Awards Bash
Huffington Post - 4 months
Kingston NY...The Woodstock Film Festival's Oct. 15 Maverick Awards Ceremony celebrated 17 years of film presentations, panels, concerts and events with a Hollywood-style party attended by industry movers and shakers including Academy Award® winning director Alejandro González Iñárritu who presented the Festival's Trailblazer award to David Linde, executive producer of Iñárritu's Oscar-winning film, Biutiful, and CEO of Participant Media. Photo Credit: Ben Caswell Alejandro González Iñárritu, Meira Blaustein and David Linde Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Oren Moverman received this year's Fiercely Independent Award from presenter Ben Foster, who starred in Moverman's 2009 film The Messenger. The prolific writer, director and producer went on to direct Rampart, Time out of Mind and the upcoming film starring Richard Gere, The Dinner. Documentary filmmaker and Woodstock local Leon Gast received the Lifetime Achievement Award from filmmaker/director Barbara Kopple. Gast' ...
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Ashton Kutcher Freaks Out On Laura Prepon After She Forgets To Tell Him She's Engaged
Huffington Post - 5 months
It appears Ashton Kutcher just got a taste of his own medicine. When Kutcher joined Kelly Ripa as co-host on “Live with Kelly” Friday morning, he was looking forward to interviewing his friend and former “That ‘70s Show” co-star Laura Prepon. But not for reasons you’d assume. The actor was actually eager to yell at Prepon for not telling him about her recent engagement to their mutual friend, Ben Foster. “She just announced this engagement. I had to find out in the news! And she’s my friend, and it’s weird like that!” Kutcher told Ripa.  He went on to explain that when he and Mila Kunis got engaged, Prepon thought it was “crazy”; the trio had been friends for 20 years yet she didn’t know they were an item. But, as Kutcher explained, Prepon and Foster have been friends for two decades too, so their engagement is equally as shocking.  When Prepon came out for her interview, she hugged Kutcher, who mumbled, “I am so pissed off at you.”  “Pre, this is unac ...
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Laura Prepon and Ben Foster are engaged
CNN - 5 months
Laura Prepon and Ben Foster are engaged.
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10 new movie trailers you need to watch from this past week
Yahoo News - 10 months
Captain America: Civil War is the must-see movie right now. Seriously, it’s so much better than Batman v. Superman that you should treat yourself and see it in a theater rather than wait for it to hit Blu-ray and digital download. But regardless of which new film you’re planning to see this weekend, feel free to take your time and buy some popcorn because you won't need to catch the coming attractions — we've got all the best  trailers  from this past week right here! DON’T MISS:  To make the iPhone exciting again, Apple has to launch… an Android phone? Assassin’s Creed We talked about this video game-inspired movie earlier this week . Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard star in what should be an exciting story for both fans of the franchise and non-gamers alike. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gfJVoF5ko1Y Café Society Put me down for Café Society , Woody Allen’s next movie made for Amazon. We’ve got a stellar cast for this Allen flick including Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg, Bla ...
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Ben Foster Brings His Beast Mode to ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’
NYTimes - 10 months
In the St. Ann’s Warehouse revival of the Tennessee Williams drama Mr. Foster plays Stanley Kowalski as “an ape: See. Grab. Take.”
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Ben Foster set for West Brom return after missing ten months
Yahoo News - about 1 year
The Baggies' keeper hasn't played since March after undergoing reconstructive knee surgery.
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'Warcraft' Trailer Debuts At BlizzCon
Huffington Post - over 1 year
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — "Warcraft" is hammering down on BlizzCon. A trailer for the film adaptation of the long-running interactive fantasy series debuted to thunderous applause Friday at the fan convention. The footage teased the tusk-filled, armor-laden conflict between orcs and humans that has been depicted in the 11-year-old online role-playing game "World of Warcraft" and the original "Warcraft" games from the 1990s. "Warcraft" filmmaker Duncan Jones introduced the preview on stage at the Anaheim Convention Center with cast members Clancy Brown, Dominic Cooper, Ben Foster, Toby Kebbell, Paul Patton and Daniel Wu. Activision Blizzard Inc. announced plans ahead of the trailer debut to create and release its own film and TV series based on the "Call of Duty" military shooter franchise and the "Skylanders" toy-game series. "Warcraft" is set to debut June 10. Also on HuffPost: -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use ...
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7 Teen Movies Based On Shakespeare That Would Make Him Roll Over In His Grave
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
Happy birthday, William Shakespeare! Well, happy death day, at least. We observe both the birth and the death of the Bard on the date he died, April 23, though his birthdate has not been confirmed. Billy, not yet rolling in his grave. Here's what we do know: This is the 399th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, and his outsize importance to Western culture looms as large as ever. Christopher Marlowe would be lime-green with envy over the popularity of his one-time rival's plays; there are entire theater troupes devoted to performing Shakespeare, and the finest actors jockey to commit their portrayals of Hamlet and Lady Macbeth to film. Oh, and then there are the remixes. "West Side Story," "Kiss Me, Kate," A Thousand Acres -- many of Shakespeare's plays were themselves retellings of historical events or classic tales, and the appeal of the narratives has only grown with his magical touch. One can't help but wonder, however, if some of these adaptations would make the great ...
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Comment on Meet The Man Behind The Gender/Jewish/Everything Updated Remake Of Annie Hall by Dee
Heeb - almost 2 years
For future reference: Actors of fully Jewish background: -Logan Lerman, Natalie Portman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Mila Kunis, Bar Refaeli, James Wolk, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Julian Morris, Adam Brody, Esti Ginzburg, Kat Dennings, Gabriel Macht, Erin Heatherton, Odeya Rush, Anton Yelchin, Paul Rudd, Scott Mechlowicz, Lisa Kudrow, Lizzy Caplan, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Gal Gadot, Debra Messing, Robert Kazinsky, Melanie Laurent, Shiri Appleby, Justin Bartha, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Margarita Levieva, Elizabeth Berkley, Halston Sage, Seth Gabel, Skylar Astin, Mia Kirshner, Alden Ehrenreich, Eric Balfour, Jason Isaacs, Jon Bernthal, William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy. Andrew Garfield is Jewish, too (though I don’t know if both of his parents are). Actors with Jewish mothers and non-Jewish fathers -Jake Gyllenhaal, Dave Franco, James Franco, Scarlett Johansson, Daniel Day-Lewis, Daniel Radcliffe, Alison Brie, Eva Green, Joaquin Phoenix, River Phoenix, Emmy Rossum, Rashida Jones, Jennifer Connelly, S ...
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Ben Foster to play iconic 'World of Warcraft' character
Yahoo News - over 2 years
With Duncan Jones of "Moon" and "Source Code" at the helm, Ben Foster of western "3:10 to Yuma" and beat poet biopic "Kill Your Darlings" is to play the part of Medivh, a powerful sorcerer, in March 2016's "Warcraft" film. According to "World of Warcraft" lore, Medivh's historical allegiances touch on both sides of the game's war between the Horde and the Alliance. "What's exciting about Duncan Jones' take on this video game is that it shows both sides of the war. Other actors previously named include Ryan Robbins and Callum Keith Rennie (both of TV series "The Killing"), who are to play Moroes and Karos respectively -- according to "WoW" lore, Moroes served under Medivh for a time, while Karos is a forest-dwelling humanoid in charge of coordinating bat flight paths.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ben Foster
    TWENTIES
  • 2007
    Age 26
    In 2007, he played cold-blooded killer Charlie Prince in the critically acclaimed western film 3:10 to Yuma.
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    He received best supporting actor nominations from both the Saturn and Satellite Awards for his 2007 role in the film 3:10 to Yuma.
    More Details Hide Details Foster was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of restaurant owners Gillian Kirwan (née Sterling) and Steven Foster. He has described his parents as "free-spirited, Vietnam-protesting hippies". He has a younger brother, Jon, who is also an actor. When Foster was four years old, his family relocated to Fairfield, Iowa, after their Boston home was burglarized while they were present. Foster was raised in his father's Jewish religion. His paternal grandmother emigrated from Russia to escape pogroms in 1923. Foster practices Transcendental Meditation, and, while living in Fairfield, attended the Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment.
  • 2006
    Age 25
    In 2006, Foster appeared in X-Men: The Last Stand as the comic-book hero Angel / Warren Worthington III.
    More Details Hide Details In the crime thriller Alpha Dog, he played the character Jake Mazursky and added glaucoma drops to his eyes to simulate the appearance of a drug addict in the film.
  • 2001
    Age 20
    In 2001, he acted in the film Get Over It.
    More Details Hide Details Foster also had a recurring role as Russell Corwin (22 episodes) in the HBO Original Series, Six Feet Under. After appearing in the films 11:14 and The Punisher, Foster appeared in Hostage with Bruce Willis, Kevin Pollak and Michelle Horn.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1996
    Age 15
    Foster began working as an actor when he was sixteen years old. Foster dropped out of high school and moved to Los Angeles to pursue his career. In 1996 and 1997, he appeared in the television series Flash Forward and had an unsuccessful audition for the lead role in Richard Kelly's Donnie Darko.
    More Details Hide Details Over the next three years, Foster obtained small roles in two made-for-TV movies as well as two episodes of the TV series Freaks and Geeks.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1980
    Born
    Born on October 29, 1980.
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