Vinessa Shaw
Actress
Vinessa Shaw
Vinessa Elizabeth Shaw is an American film actress and model. Shaw has starred in numerous motion pictures since the early 1990s and has had her most memorable roles in Disney's 1993 Halloween film Hocus Pocus, Ladybugs (1992), Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut (1999), the 2006 remake of Wes Craven's horror picture The Hills Have Eyes, as well as the romance film Two Lovers (2008), in which she starred alongside Joaquin Phoenix and Gwyneth Paltrow.
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Voices Sound From The Iranian Community: No Visa Ban
Huffington Post - about 1 month
One week. In just one week, a reunion between an Iranian-American student and her grandmother was severed. Vanessa Shah and her family in Georgia had been waiting for the arrival of her grandma on January 28th. After years of filling paperwork, she had finally received an immigration visa to come to the United States – an opportunity of a lifetime, an opportunity for a family to be reunited. Excited with anticipation, Vanessa eagerly awaits for the moment when she can wrap her arms around her grandma in the country that she calls home –the moment in which her two worlds could intertwine and reflect the beauty of what it means to be an Iranian-American. The next morning there were tears. Not the kind from overwhelming joy, but the kind that sinks in your heart and leaves you bewildered. Her grandma was forced to return to Iran during her layover in Qatar. I am so hurt. I am insulted. I feel like a second-class citizen. For the first time in my life, a president’s action ...
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Sundance Film Festival 2014 U.S. Competition Entries Feature Kristen Stewart, John Slattery, Lena Dunham
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Our first major glimpse of next year's indie darlings is here, thanks to the newly unveiled lineup for the Sundance Film Festival. Among the offerings for U.S. competition at next year's fest are the first feature film directed by "Mad Men" star John Slattery, a big-screen return from Lena Dunham and the reliable presence of festival-circuit favorites like John Hawkes and director Joe Swanberg ("Drinking Buddies," "LOL"). The competition is also lathered with genre flicks, from the horrific "Cold in July" and "Life After Beth" to the dramedy trappings of "The Skeleton Twins," which stars Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig, Luke Wilson and Ty Burrell. Still, A-listers like Kristen Stewart, Anne Hathaway, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Aaron Paul are among the featured players, so we can count on the festival to maintain its usual confluence of obscure movies with ever-popular stars. Here are the 16 movies screening in the U.S. competition. All are receiving their world premieres at Sundance. "C ...
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There Was A 'Hocus Pocus' 20th Anniversary Reunion Last Weekend
Huffington Post - over 3 years
What were you doing this past Saturday? Well, obviously nothing as cool as the D23 members who attended this awesome "Hocus Pocus" reunion. That's right, D23 (the Official Disney Fan Club, duh) held a 20th Anniversary screening and cast reunion for everyone's favorite Halloween film this past weekend at The Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, Calif. With a special screening of the movie, props on display and the largest assembling of the cast and crew in the film's history, get ready to be put under a spell of jealousy as you look through the pictures below: When you arrived at the studios there were cute displays set up like this: Black Flame Candle! There were even props from the film! Witches cauldron and broomsticks! Costumes! THE SPELL BOOK! Oh, and here's cast members Thora Birch and Kathy Najimy posing with said props and costumes: More Dani... er, Birch: More Najimy (with Omri Katz photbombing!): @kathynajimy thank you for taking time to take picture with me ...
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Hocus Pocus Stars Reunite at 20th Anniversary Screening: Pictures
US Magazine - over 3 years
Max, Allison and Dani together again! The stars of the 1993 beloved Halloween chestnut Hocus Pocus reunited at D23's 20th Anniversary Screening at the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, Calif. on Saturday, Oct. 19. PHOTOS: Costars reunited Hocus Pocus tells the tale of three sister witches (Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy) who are resurrected after 300 years on Halloween night by teenage boy Max (Omri Katz). To stop the witches from reigning terror of Salem, Massachusetts, he teams up with little sister Dani (Thora Birch), crush Allison (Vinessa Shaw) and immortal talking cat Thackery Binx (Jason Marsden). PHOTOS: Celebs' horror movie pasts All grown up, Katz, 37, Shaw, 37, and Birch, 31, attended the screening to celebrate the classic Disney film together. Birch played dress up in her trick-or-treater costume in the Walt Disney Archives display, while Katz and Shaw signed autographs and posed for photos with fans. PHOTOS: Stars covered in blood ...
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Colorado Flood Photos: Vines Show Severity Of Flooding In Boulder
Huffington Post - over 3 years
A massive flash flood that broke out in Colorado from heavy rains has already resulted in the deaths of at least three people, evacuations, campus closures, multiple road wash outs, as well as damage or destruction of multiple homes along the Front Range. "The event is far from over," Boulder Sheriff Joe Pelle said in a Thursday morning news conference. "We know we've lost lives. As the day goes on we may find we've lost others." In Boulder, which has been hit particularly hard by rain and flooding, University of Colorado and Naropa University have closed their Boulder campuses as did schools in Boulder Valley and St. Vrain Valley school districts. Due to the severity of the flooding, the City of Boulder and Boulder County have also closed all government buildings and government-run facilities including courts, libraries and recreation centers. Many Boulder residents have been creating Vines about the flooding since last night, clearly illustrating the intensity of the flooding ...
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We Talk to Big Miracle's Vinessa Shaw and The Real-Life Woman She Plays
PopSugar - about 5 years
<a class="fplink fp-277924" href="/vinessa+shaw+1">Vinessa Shaw</a> had big shoes to fill when she signed on to play Bonnie Carroll in Big Miracle. As an adviser to President Reagan, Bonnie played a major role in the real-life whale rescue spotlighted in the film, and even met her late husband through their unexpected teamwork on the effort. We sat down with Vinessa and Bonnie at a recent press day for the movie, where they said they formed a quick friendship upon first meeting. Check out our interview, and if you missed them earlier, don't forget to watch Vinessa's costar Drew Barrymore in our latest I'm a Huge Fan series!
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MOVIE REVIEW | 'PUNCTURE'; ‘Pucture’ Stars Chris Evans and Mark Kassen — Review
NYTimes - over 5 years
Movies with agendas can be tough to pull off, and “Puncture” is no exception. Notable at least in part for its fumbled potential, this health-care-industry melodrama possesses all the right ingredients: an idealistic young lawyer, a corrupt corporate villain and a sympathetic victim. It just fails to assemble them into a compelling
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THE NEW SEASON | MOVIES; September Release Schedule
NYTimes - over 5 years
All dates are subject to change. SEPTEMBER Opened Friday BACK DOOR CHANNELS: THE PRICE OF PEACE The Camp David Peace Accords of 1979, recounted in a documentary by Harry Hunkele. BERLIN 36 Kasper Heidelbach’s film is based on the true story of Gretel Bergmann, a Jewish high-jumper drafted for political purposes by the Nazis to compete in the
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What's On Today
NYTimes - over 5 years
9 P.M. (Bravo) THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS The beleaguered women return for a second season, which was recently re-edited after the suicide on Aug. 15 of Russell Armstrong, the estranged husband of Taylor Armstrong, above, one of the show's stars. The premiere episode will be accompanied by public-service announcements about suicide
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Moviefone's Fall 2011 Preview Guide: Indies - Moviefone (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Who&#39;s In It? Chris Evans, Michael Biehn, and Vinessa Shaw; directed by Adam Kassen and Mark Kassen; written by Chris Lopata. What&#39;s It About? A drug-addicted lawyer battles his own demons as both he and his partner take on a big pharmaceutical company
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Fall films deliver demons, dancing and deadly diseases - Chicago Daily Herald
Google News - over 5 years
“Puncture” — After a nurse (Vinessa Shaw) gets pricked by a contaminated needle, her two attorneys (Chris Evans and co-director Mark Kassen) get caught up in a drug conspiracy case that&#39;s way over their abilities. A legal underdog drama from directors
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Assista ao novo clipe do drama Puncture, estrelado por Chris Evans - Cinema Com Rapadura
Google News - over 5 years
O elenco conta ainda com Michael Bien (“O Exterminador do Futuro”) e Vinessa Shaw (“Os Indomáveis”). A direção é da dupla Adam e Mark Kassen (vindos do mercado americano de séries e filmes para televisão), ea estreia está prevista para 23 de setembro
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Puncture: Erster Trailer zum Drama mit Chris Evans - Kinofilme.com
Google News - over 5 years
Neben Evans spielen auch Michael Biehn, Vinessa Shaw und Brett Cullen in dem Justizdrama mit, gedreht wurde der Film von den Brüdern Adam und Mark Kassen. Das Drehbuch stammt aus der Feder von Chris Lopata
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Chris Evans no trailer do elogiado drama 'Puncture' - CinePOP
Google News - over 5 years
Ele assume um caso contra uma importante companhia da indústria farmacêutica, enquanto lida com seus problemas. Vinessa Shaw, Mark Kassen, Brett Cullen, Jesse L. Martin, Michael Biehn e Kate Burton também estrelam. A estreia nos EUA acontece em
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Chris Evans: 'Puncture' Trailer! - Just Jared
Google News - over 5 years
Michael Biehn, Vinessa Shaw, and Law &amp; Order alum Jesse L. Martin also star in the movie. FYI: Chris, who most recently was seen in Captain America: The First Avenger, will also hit the big screen in the upcoming film What&#39;s Your Number?&nbsp;-&nbsp;-
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New Release Dates For 'Leafmen,' 'Turbo,' 'Contraband,' 'Everybody Loves ... - The Film Stage
Google News - over 5 years
One of these is Everybody Loves Whales, which is directed by Ken Kwapis and stars John Krasinski, Drew Barrymore, Kristen Bell, and Vinessa Shaw. Originally set to come out on January 13th, Universal now has it coming out a little more than a month
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Vinessa Shaw
    THIRTIES
  • 2013
    Age 36
    In 2013 she had a supporting role opposite Jude Law's character, playing his wife in Side Effects.
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  • 2009
    Age 32
    Shaw mentioned her practicing of the religion in an interview with the Los Angeles Times in February 2009.
    More Details Hide Details Shaw has been engaged to behind-the-scenes film artist Kristopher Gifford since 2008. Screen Actors Guild Awards Young Artist Award
  • 2008
    Age 31
    In a 2008 interview, Shaw stated that Kubrick was "very influential" to her and that he "was the first person who encouraged her to continue acting".
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  • TWENTIES
  • 2006
    Age 29
    More low budget and independent films consumed Shaw's time until 2006, where she returned to the big screen in Alexandre Aja's remake of Wes Craven's exploitation-horror film The Hills Have Eyes, playing a young mother on a camping trip with her family who is attacked by bloodthirsty mutants in the New Mexico desert.
    More Details Hide Details Director Aja had wanted to cast her in the film after seeing her performance in Eyes Wide Shut. Asked why she wanted to act in a horror film, Shaw responded "Well, I guess I could be good in it since I'm so frightened of those kinds of concepts. But this one in particular really attracted me because of the filmmakers. I really thought that they had a great stance on it. Like it's very different, very heartfelt, and heartbreaking because of the characters involved. So that's kind of what made the difference. It was more of an actor's piece, if you can believe that, in a horror movie." Shaw was featured on the official one sheet promotion poster for the film, which was a box-office success. Vinessa was in the 2007 remake of the classic Western film 3:10 to Yuma with Russell Crowe and Christian Bale, the indie drama film Garden Party, as well having a leading role in Two Lovers alongside Joaquin Phoenix and Gwyneth Paltrow. That film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2008 and was released theatrically in February 2009.
  • 2000
    Age 23
    Following her role in Eyes Wide Shut, Vinessa played parts in a handful of films including the independent 2000 mystery-drama The Weight of Water with Sarah Polley and Sean Penn; the slapstick comedy Corky Romano alongside Chris Kattan; the romantic comedy 40 Days and 40 Nights, playing the feisty ex-girlfriend of Josh Hartnett's character; and a very small role in Woody Allen's Melinda and Melinda.
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  • 1999
    Age 22
    In 1999, she was cast in a small yet significant role by legendary filmmaker Stanley Kubrick, in his final film Eyes Wide Shut, playing an HIV-positive prostitute who is encountered by Tom Cruise's character.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1993
    Age 16
    She played a considerably large role in Disney's 1993 Halloween family film Hocus Pocus alongside Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy, Omri Katz, and a young Thora Birch.
    More Details Hide Details Shaw completed roles in various independent films for the remainder of the 1990s.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1981
    Age 4
    Shaw made her film debut in a little-known-of 1981 slasher film called Home Sweet Home, which dealt with a serial killer at Thanksgiving time.
    More Details Hide Details She then landed parts in a handful of television roles.
  • 1976
    Born
    Vinessa Elizabeth Shaw was born on July 19, 1976, in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of Larry Shaw and actress Susan Damante-Shaw (née Susan Jean Damante).
    More Details Hide Details Her family's original surname was "Schwartz", and her ancestry includes Russian Jewish (from her paternal grandfather), Italian (from her maternal grandfather), German, Irish, English, Mexican, and Swedish. Her name, Vinessa, spelled with an "i" rather than the common "a", was a variation of her grandfather's name, Vincent. Shaw made her first formal performance in a UCLA acting camp short at age 10, and subsequently toured with children's folk singer Peter Alsop at age 11. She also signed on with the Elite Models agency in 1989 at the age of 13 before beginning her acting career, and did a few modeling jobs and commercial work throughout her earlier career.
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