Billy Zane
American actor
Billy Zane
William George "Billy" Zane, Jr. is an American actor, producer and director. He is probably best known for his roles as Caledon Hockley in Titanic, The Phantom from The Phantom, John Wheeler in Twin Peaks and Mr. E in CQ.
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Billy Zane risks wrath with alternative 'Titanic' ending
CNN - 8 months
Surely you jest, Billy Zane.
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Avril Lavigne Kisses Danica McKellar's Winnie Cooper in "Rock N Roll" Music Video
US Magazine - over 3 years
Is Avril Lavigne stealing a page from Miley Cyrus? On Tuesday, Aug. 20, the 28-year-old singer released a new music video for her latest song "Rock N Roll" that features surreal scenes including a makeout session with Wonder Years alum Danica McKellar! PHOTOS: Avril Lavigne through the years In June, Cyrus, 20, debuted her "We Can't Stop" video which included her twerking in barely-there ensembles, grinding on a bed, dancing with giant teddy bears, spraying smoke out of a friend's crotch and making out with a Barbie version of herself. Lavigne, 28, includes similarly wacky antics in her video -- including a fight with a BearShark (an animal that's a combination of a bear and a shark), an homage to Guns 'N Roses' "November Rain" video (playing a guitar and walking away from a church) and blasting Titanic star Billy Zane into space on a Segway. PHOTOS: Hot Canadian stars But the real headline-making moment is Lavigne's big kissing scene with McKellar, 38, who is reprising her ...
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Anna Szymanski: Dear GQ, Leave One Direction Fans Alone!
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Imagine the most offensive phrase a 30-something journalist could use to describe a tween girl. Whatever you're thinking couldn't possibly be worse than "knicker-wetting banshee" because a term worse than "knicker-wetting banshee" doesn't exist. But this is what GQ thinks of One Direction fans -- who, we should remember, are a bunch of little girls. While much has been written about the vicious Twitter war instigated by British GQ's cover story on the reigning kings of tween pop, the coverage mostly treats their young fans as, at best, insipid fools and, at worst, dangerous, high-pitched estrogen zombies. No one asks whether all this screaming has a purpose. No one asks if the ritual of pop idolatry may actually be important for these young girls. And they should because it totally is. I know this because I was once a 13-year-old girl. And I was an intense fan. And even a pack of smug GQ editors couldn't have ripped that Leonardo DiCaprio calendar out of my cold, dead hand ...
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Xavier Samuel & Wes Bentley: Heath Ledger Scholarship Event
Just Jared - over 3 years
Xavier Samuel and Wes Bentley suit up while attending the Australians in Film and Heath Ledger Scholarship 5th Anniversary Benefit Dinner on Wednesday (June 12) in Los Angeles. The guys were joined at the event by The Wolf of Wall Street‘s Margot Robbie, Red Widow‘s Radha Mitchell, Defiance‘s Grant Bowler, and Titanic‘s Billy Zane. PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Xavier Samuel Make sure to catch Grant‘s hot new show Defiance on Mondays at 9/8c on Syfy! 15+ pictures inside of Xavier Samuel and Wes Bentley at the event…
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Scott Mendelson: Review: Olympus Has Fallen
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Olympus Has Fallen 2013 120 minutes Rated R If taken at face value, Antoine Fuqua's Olympus Has Fallen is pretty much morally indefensible. Written by Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt, the film offers a level of jingoistic fear-mongering  the likes of which are more commonly associated with a 1980s Chuck Norris vehicle and/or the likes of Cobra.  It is astonishingly violent yet acts as if the safety of a single person is all that necessitates a happy ending.  While the slightly similar 'president in peril' epic Air Force One at least implicitly asked what cost in lives should be spent to preserve the life of a man who happens to hold a certain elected office, Olympus Has Fallen has no such weighty ideas on its mind.  It is not so much a Die Hard rip-off but a high-budget ($80 million) ode to the flurry of cheapie straight-to-VHS knock-offs that flourished in the late 1990s (essay), complete with simplistic plotting and implausible levels of violence.  It isn't ...
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Billy Zane Won't Risk Taking Daughter on Titanic Replica
People Magazine - almost 4 years
"I can't get a charter to save my life - I don't know if people would really want me on board," he jokes to PEOPLE
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Lelia Nebeker: Dear ABC: Just Stop Trying to Air Shows on Thursdays at 8 (It's Getting Embarrassing)
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Last week, ABC canceled the midseason conspiracy drama Zero Hour after airing just three episodes. In case you missed it -- either because you were taking a really long nap, or maybe you just blinked -- Zero Hour was about an editor of a paranormal-themed magazine (Anthony Edwards) whose wife goes missing, and in his quest to find her, he discovers that he's part of a larger conspiracy that threatens the world as we know it. With its cataclysmic prophecies and borderline-supernatural mythology, Zero Hour reminded me of one of its time slot predecessors: FlashForward. Remember that show? It was the one where the entire world blacked out at the same time and saw flashes of their futures. Sounds promising, right? It was. Like Zero Hour, FlashForward couldn't find its footing in the Thursday 8 p.m. time slot, and it didn't help that its run was interrupted by the 2010 Winter Olympics. FlashForward was among the first shows to fall victim to ABC's Thursday night curse. Since then, ...
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Scott Mendelson: Review: Hitchcock Thinks You Can't Handle the Truth
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Hitchcock 2012 95 minutes rated PG-13 by Scott Mendelson It is telling that the opening frames of Sacha Gervasi's Hitchcock don't even give us the usual 'based on a true story' text as its allegedly non-fiction story begins.  It's the only honest moment of the entire picture, which is so gloriously full of shit that it can't bear to even pretend that the story it's presenting is remotely truthful.  Technically based on Stephen Rebello's 1990 book, Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho, the film alters history, dilutes the contributions of talented individuals, commits outright libel against others, while basically ignoring its central subject (the, um, making of Psycho) in favor of a contrived would-be romantic conflict between Alfred Hitchcock (Anthony Hopkins) and Alma Reville (Helen Mirren).  Worse yet, the story is told in broad, on-the-nose strokes that resembles the kind of writing found in bad childrens' cartoons and the picture revolves ...
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Annette Bourdeau: 'Anna Karenina' And Other Old-Timey Love Affairs
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Don't you just love movies about steamy love affairs? Period pieces that chronicle sexy liaisons are the best, with all of those amazingly elaborate costumes in the mix. So many layers of fancy gowns, corsets and billowy undergarments to wade through in the heat of the moment! I had high hopes for Anna Karenina, the ambitious new film adaptation of Tolstoy's classic tale of a married high society Russian woman (Keira Knightley) who falls in love with a dapper young cavalry officer named Vronsky (Aaron Taylor-Johnson of Savages and Kick-Ass). Unfortunately, the affair leaves much to be desired. It moves at such a painfully slow pace, it's hard to believe it was instigated by an irresistible passion. It's easy enough to understand why Anna would be bored with her incredibly dull husband, played to perfection by a dowdy Jude Law. But it's not entirely clear why she would be compelled to throw her life away for the charming young Vronsky who follows her around like a puppy ...
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Zarine Khan offered Hollywood film
The Express Tribune Blogs - over 4 years
NEW DELHI: Hollywood’s calling Zarine Khan! The actress says she has been approached to be a part of author-turned-director Daniel Silva’s “Chimera” but is still considering the offer. “I have been offered the film but I am thinking about it,” Zarine, who was here to launch popular cosmetic brand Lotus Herbals’ new range of natural makeup “Pure Stay”, told IANS. “It is a thriller called ‘Chimera’ opposite Billy Zane. I have read the script but I am still thinking about it,” she added. “Chimera” is said to be based on Silva’s bestselling novel “The Fallen Angel”. Rumours were earlier abuzz that Zarine has been offered the film, but the actress was tightlipped. Ever since Zarine made her Bollywood debut with the 2010 film “Veer”, she has chosen a slow and steady path to carve a niche for herself in the industry. The 28-year-old, last seen in Sajid Khan’s “Housefull 2″, says she believes in quality of work rather than quantity. “I really don’ ...
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'Dirty Dancing' Turns 25: The Blockbuster Film That Almost Wasn’t Made
Huffington Post - over 4 years
In the 1980s, Linda Gottlieb, an East Coast producer for MGM Studios, had lunch in New York City with writer Eleanor Bergstein, who had an idea for a movie about two sisters who are dancers, based in the Catskills. “I said, ‘Well what’s the story?' And she said, ‘I don’t really have a story, but it should involve Latin dancing…’” Gottlieb recalled. “So I switched the subject and said, ‘Tell me about yourself.’ She said, ‘I grew up in Brooklyn, my father was a doctor, I was one of those kids who used to go across the tracks to go dirty dancing.’ “I said, ‘That’s a million-dollar title! Now we’ll figure out the story.’ We invented Johnny Castle at lunch.” “Dirty Dancing,” the film they made, was released 25 years ago today. The movie tells the story of an idealistic, college-bound girl named Frances “Baby” Houseman (Jennifer Grey) who goes to a Catskills summer resort with her family in 1963. She gets romantically involved with Johnny Castle (the late Patrick Swayze), ...
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Top 10 movies that would make terrible video games
Blast Magazine - almost 5 years
We are no stranger to the concept of making a video game based on a popular movie. Usually these are shoddy attempts to cash in on a film’s popularity and most of the time designers are under a deadline to produce the game while the movie is still relevant.  Some movies just weren’t meant for this. Here are 10 popular movies that could never work as video games. 10. Air Bud You're like Wally Pipp, but it's a dog and not Lou Gehrig This seems like a pretty standard basketball game, except you play as the kid who gets benched so the dog can play. The first level is training so you learn the controls and hone your player’s shooting percentage. However, when the season starts you are replaced by the dog. You never see any playing time again. The subsequent levels consist of making sure the dog has enough water at halftime, helping bury a dead hooker found in the Dog’s hotel room, and not killing yourself. (Spoiler Alert: You end up killing yourself.) 9. The Human Centipede ...
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Darien Morning Briefing: 4.25.12, Wednesday
Darien Patch - almost 5 years
*** LENGTHY VIDEO OF THE DAY Dr. Michael Thompson's presentation: "Protecting the Emotional Lives of Boys" (Warning: He goes on forever—well over two hours—and you won't notice, so it's best seen or listened to when you have the time.) *** Today is Wednesday, April 25, 2012. *** HEADLINES: Darien Community Sports Gallery Darien SportsBeat: Look Who's Scoring, Talking Drop off Your Unwanted Drugs April 28 [VIDEO] 'Redistributing is Not Necessary, it is Marxism' Darien Eye on the Beltway: Himes Remembers L'Ambiance Tragedy FBI Offers Unique Check for Damaging Computer Virus Westchester Boy, 15, Gagged in Home Invasion, Calls 911 [VIDEO]   EVENTS & REMINDERS Adults Darien Community Association Spring Boutique: No entrance fee this year. The event "will take place on Wednesday April 25, from 5:30 to 8:30, with fine wine and tastings.  The show continues on Thursday, April 26, and Friday, April 27, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. [. ...
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Zac Efron, Nicole Kidman and McConaughey in THE PAPERBOY Images
Boom Tron - almost 5 years
The Paperboy, the forthcoming adaptation of Pete Dexter’s 1995 novel, has just had its pre-release buzz jumpstarted by a slew of new photos.  A few months back, the poster was released to the delight of many a crime-film and ’60s film poster enthusiast.  These new pictures give us looks at more of the cast which includes Zac Efron, John Cusack, Matthew McConaughey, Nicole Kidman, and David Oyelowo. A star-studded cast is attractive enough, but the more I read about the story, the more highly intrigued I get.  Efron’s character, Jack, is a lowly paperboy, while his brother Ward (McConaughey) and Ward’s partner Yardley (Oyelowo) are up-and-coming investigative journalists.  Jack aids them in a story that helps free a man wrongly accused of murder (Cusack), but this silver lining has an extremely dark cloud.  The setting of hot and steamy Florida sounds perfect for this tale of injustice, pride, and out-and-out lies, a story that’s gonna get worse for its principals before it gets bet ...
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Vandals Place Binoculars At Titanic Watchman’s Grave In Highly Necessary Prank
Best Week Ever - almost 5 years
So how did you honor the 100th anniversary of the Titanic sinking? Did you refrain from Titanic 3-D jokes for 24 hours? Maybe sport your ‘I Heart Titanic’ tank top for a day? What you probably didn’t do, unless you’re this person, is place binoculars at the grave of the Titanic’s lookout along with a note saying “Sorry these were late”: Love the unintentional Ghostbusters 2 ‘Titanic – better late than never’ reference, but this seems just a tad on the unnecessary side. Unless the real-life Frederick Fleet was the Billy Zane character (or knew the Billy Zane Character or was ever anywhere near him), in which case, peeing might even be in the cards. Also, no disrespect, Mr. Fleet, but are you sure you want “Titanic Lookout” prominently displayed on your grave? Maybe keep it as just, “Boat Enthusiast”? (Pics via Splash News)
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Geoff Cox’s guide to new DVDs: Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Trespass, Switch
The Bucks Herald - almost 5 years
AFTER seeing the complete Swedish film trilogy spawned by Stieg Larsson’s international best-sellers, I feared the material would be too familiar for the Hollywood version of THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO (18: Sony) to be successful. But my visit to Cineworld to catch David Fincher’s film was certainly worth the effort as the director of stylish thrillers like Se7en, Fight Club and Zodiac managed to make it feel fresh. And the DVD, available from April 23, has nearly four hours of well-worth-watching extras, including behind-the-scenes footage and interviews. In the story that just won’t stop, Rooney Mara replaced Noomi Rapace as computer hacker antiheroine Lisbeth Salander and her performance earned her an Oscar nomination – one of five that the film picked up. Daniel Craig gives a restrained turn as disgraced journalist Mikael Blomkvist, who is hired by wealthy industrialist Henrik Vanger (Christopher Plummer) to investigate the murder of his grand-niece nearly 40 years ago. A ...
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In Honor Of Tax Day: The 12 Sexiest Celebrity Tax Evaders Ever!
Best Week Ever - almost 5 years
Everyone knows that not paying taxes can become a celebrity’s legacy. (Go with me on this.) When someone mentions Willie Nelson or Wesley Snipes, if you don’t automatically make a joke about weed or Passenger 57, the next easy go-to in your bag of Nelson-Snipes jokes is totally about tax evasion, I just know it. But stars who don’t abide by the tax code are such a common thing that it’s not that shocking anymore once you hear who’s been in hot water for it. Martha Stewart. Snoop Dogg. Val Kilmer. Teri Polo! Clearly she wasn’t reporting her income from being a Miss America judge. So sure, lots of celebs get in trouble for it, but haven’t we all wondered who the sexiest tax evaders are? We sure have: 12. Burt Reynolds This centerfold was no angel (see what I did there?), Burt owed the state of California $225,000 back in 1996. [Photo] 11. Sophia Loren Back in the early 1980′s, Sophia owed Italy over $600,000. You know if Berlusconi was president back then, she would h ...
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`Zbog uloge negativca u "Titanicu" imao sam kasnije ograničen broj uloga`
Dalje.com - almost 5 years
Nakon što je danas 46-godišnji Billy Zane odglumio Caledona Cala Hockleyja, u hitu Titanic iz 1997. godine, postao je sinonim za "zločeste momke". Od tada mu, požalio se, svi redatelji nude isključivo uloge negativaca. - Svaki glumac sanja o tome da...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Billy Zane
    FORTIES
  • 2010
    Age 43
    In November 2010, he was awarded an honorary degree from Lium University, Bellinzona, Switzerland, for his contribution to cinematography.
    More Details Hide Details He is the chairman of the Francesco Fucilla Film production company 21st Century Filmworks. Zane executive-produced a CD by bluesman Tim O'Connor that includes three songs from Dead Calm, in which Zane had one of the lead roles.
    Zane dated Croatian model Jasmina Hdagha in 2010, but they broke up later that year.
    More Details Hide Details Through a friend he met American model Candice Neil, who is the mother of his two daughters and to whom he is also currently engaged. Their first daughter, Ava Catherine, was born in 2011, and their second daughter, Gia, was born in 2014. In 1999, Zane participated in the first Gumball 3000 rally, driving a 1964 Aston Martin DB5.
  • 2008
    Age 41
    They split in April 2008, got back together again shortly thereafter, then ended the relationship in August 2008.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2006
    Age 39
    In 2006, Zane starred in Arthur Allan Seidelman's West End production of Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks as an acerbic gay dance instructor opposite Claire Bloom.
    More Details Hide Details The same year, he appeared in the Turkish film Valley of the Wolves Iraq (Kurtlar Vadisi: Irak in Turkish), part of the Kurtlar Vadisi franchise. The film tells the story of the U.S. Army run amok in Iraq, eventually brought into check by a Turkish soldier. Zane plays Sam William Marshall, a cruel U.S. soldier who is the main antagonist in the film. He took over Timothy Olyphant's role as Christina Applegate's ex-boyfriend on Samantha Who? The show, however, was not renewed for the 2009–2010 season. Zane is a principal at RadioactiveGiant, a film and television production and distribution company. Zane stars in the action/thriller film The Kill Hole.
  • 2002
    Age 35
    Zane also had a recurring role in the television series Charmed in which he played poetry-loving ex-demon Drake. He also provided the voice of Ansem, the main antagonist of the 2002 video game Kingdom Hearts.
    More Details Hide Details He was replaced by Richard Epcar for the rest of the series from Kingdom Hearts II onwards.
  • 2001
    Age 34
    Zane was instrumental in getting the critically acclaimed film The Believer made, which won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival in 2001.
    More Details Hide Details In it, he portrayed neo-Nazi Curtis Zampf, and starred opposite Ryan Gosling. The same year, he also had a cameo as himself in the comedy Zoolander. Zane appeared on Broadway in Chicago, where he played lawyer Billy Flynn.
  • 1997
    Age 30
    Zane played the snobbish millionaire misanthrope Caledon Hockley in James Cameron's 1997/98 blockbuster Titanic.
    More Details Hide Details This role as Rose's (played by Kate Winslet) fiancé earned him an MTV Movie Award nomination for "Best Villain" and a Blockbuster Entertainment Award. He was also nominated for a SAG award. In 1998, he starred in and produced I Woke Up Early the Day I Died, a silent film based on Ed Wood's last script, intended as a parody on bad filmmaking. He won several awards at the B-Movie Film Festival, including Best Movie and Best Actor, for this work. The year after, he starred opposite Timothy Dalton, Bruce Payne, Sean Pertwee and Leonor Varela (who became his fiance after shooting ended) in a TV-movie about Cleopatra. Zane played the part of Mark Antony. The same year, he lent his voice to John Rolfe in Disney's Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World and voiced Etrigan the Demon in an episode of The New Batman Adventures.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1996
    Age 29
    In 1996, Zane played the eponymous classic comic book hero in the big budget action film The Phantom, based on Lee Falk's comic.
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  • 1993
    Age 26
    In 1993, he played the Shakespearean actor "Mr. Fabian" in Tombstone, and took a starring role in Sniper.
    More Details Hide Details He also starred in a couple of Tales from the Crypt productions, including Tales From the Crypt Presents: Demon Knight, where he played a henchman of Satan called The Collector, and the episode "Well-Cooked Hams", where he played a poorly skilled magician who killed to steal good tricks from other magicians.
  • 1992
    Age 25
    In 1992 Zane co-starred alongside Tilda Swinton in the film adaptation of Virginia Woolf's novel Orlando.
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  • 1991
    Age 24
    Zane also forayed into television work, and in 1991 he appeared as John Justice Wheeler in several episodes of David Lynch's hit TV-show Twin Peaks.
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  • 1990
    Age 23
    In 1990, he also co-starred in the film Memphis Belle, a film version of a 1944 documentary about a World War II Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress bomber, as the bombardier.
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    Zane's first starring role was in a 1990 independent film, the low budget science fiction thriller Megaville.
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  • 1989
    Age 22
    Zane was married to actress Lisa Collins from 1989 until 1995.
    More Details Hide Details He was also engaged for a time to Chilean actress Leonor Varela, his costar in the television film Cleopatra (1999). Zane was later engaged to marry British model turned actress Kelly Brook, whom he met when starring with her in the movie Survival Island (2005), also known as Three.
    In 1989 he reprised his henchman role in Back to the Future Part II.
    More Details Hide Details Earlier that same year, Zane gained international recognition with the role of villain Hughie Warriner in the thriller Dead Calm, alongside Nicole Kidman and Sam Neill. He also starred in the NBC film, The Case of the Hillside Stranglers (1989).
  • 1988
    Age 21
    In 1988 he played Tony Gambini alongside Jessica Fletcher in Murder, She Wrote: A Very Good Year for Murder.
    More Details Hide Details Zane also appeared in an episode of Matlock entitled "The Nurse".
  • TEENAGE
  • 1985
    Age 18
    Zane's first two screen roles were in the science fiction films Back to the Future in 1985 and Critters in 1986, around the same time he appeared in the music video for Sheena Easton's song "Do It For Love".
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1966
    Born
    Born on February 24, 1966.
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