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Jessica Biel Career Milestones

Jessica Biel Career Milestones

Jessica Biel has become one of Hollywood’s most coveted leading women. Biel was most noted for her critically acclaimed performance in film “The Illusionist” alongside Oscar nominated actors Edward Norton and Paul Giamatti. Biel will be seen next in the Fox Searchlight drama “Hitchcock” alongside Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Toni Collette and Scarlett Johansson.

This past summer she was seen starring in “Total Recall” alongside Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale and Bryan Cranston. Last year Biel was seen in Garry Marshall’s star-studded “New Year’s Eve” starring alongside Halle Berry, Lea Michelle, Ashton Kutcher, Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Hilary Swank, Sofia Vergara and Zac Efron, among others.

In 2010 Biel was seen in “The A-Team” alongside Bradley Cooper and Liam Neeson. Biel was also seen in the Garry Marshall romantic comedy VALENTINE’S DAY along with Jennifer Garner, Julia Roberts, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Alba and Bradley Cooper, which grossed $212,949,019 worldwide.

Biel starred in the romantic dramedy, “Easy Virtue” opposite Colin Firth, Ben Barnes and Kristin Scott Thomas. The film premiered at the 2008 Toronto Film Festival to rave reviews and received an overwhelming positive response at the prestigious Rome, London and Tribeca Film Festivals. In 2007 Biel was seen in the comedy, “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry”, opposite Adam Sandler and Kevin James, which opened #1 at the box office and grossed well over $100 million domestically.

For her work in “The Illusionist”, Biel received numerous awards including Hollywood Life’s Annual “Breakthrough Award,” the “Shining Star Award” at both the Giffoni Film Festival and the Maui Film Festival, as well as the “Breakthrough Performance Award” at the 18th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival.

Starting at age nine, Biel starred in productions such as “Annie”. “The Sound of Music” and “Beauty and the Beast”. A natural beauty, she soon turned to modeling and commercial work by competing in The International Modeling and Talent Association’s Annual Conference in 1994.

In her feature film debut at age fourteen, Biel garnered acclaim for her portrayal as the rebellious daughter in Victor Nunez’s acclaimed “Ulee’s Gold”, starring Oscar nominee Peter Fonda. She then went on to appear in such films as “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”, “Summer Catch”, “The Rules of Attraction” for director Roger Avary, the hit remake of “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre”, “Blade: Trinity”, Cameron Crowe’s “Elizabethtown” with Orlando Bloom, Kirsten Dunst and Susan Sarandon, and “Stealth” starring alongside Josh Lucas and Jamie Foxx.

Biel is involved in such charities as Serving Those Who Serve, Best Friends Animal Sanctuary and PETA. She was honored with the “National Impact Award” at the 2008 Heart of Los Angeles Gala and with the “Young Philanthropist of the Year” Award at the 2006 Golden Karma Awards.

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Jessica Biel recalls her wild youth

Jessica Biel recalls her wild youth

When Jessica Biel was a teenager, she put her entire cast of “7th Heaven” through the ringer, including the wholesome show’s producer, Aaron Spelling. “I cut my hair super short and dyed it blonde,” the “New Years Eve” actress says in the April issue of W magazine. “I had to apologize to Aaron Spelling for doing that. He wasn’t happy.”

But changing up her hair proved to just be the tip of the raging hormone iceberg. In March 2000, Biel appeared topless on the cover of Gear magazine, which sent “7th Heaven” producers into a tizzy because the actress was under 18 when the photos were taken. The show later took legal action against the magazine, and Biel later said she regretted that poor decision. Around the same time, “a really obnoxious friend sent a stripper to the set” for her birthday, she also tells W. “I had to apologize for that, too. The show was all about family values, and they took that position seriously. I was always apologizing.”

Growing up in Colorado, Biel, now 30, was nothing like her current sexy self in her late teens. She describes her parents as “outdoorsy mountain people” who expected their children (Biel has a younger brother, Justin) to be the same. “My father would always say, ‘Go out and don’t come back until you have something to show me.’ Which meant he wanted me to come back with a scraped knee or an injury. When I went out to play, I felt like I’d better get hurt.” Despite the tomboy behavior, Justin Timberlake’s fiancee says she still indulged her girly side by playing with dolls. “But it was always, ‘Let’s play sex with Barbies!’ My Barbies were usually naked. Once, I took their heads off, cut their hair, drew on their short, spiky hair with some markers, then stuck the heads on Christmas lights. Every year, we’d string our tree with those Barbie heads. It looked demonic.”

Biel gets to revisit her physical side in her upcoming sci-fi action flick, “Total Recall,” in which she has a butt-kicking girl-on-girl battle with Kate Beckinsale. Although neither actress is a stranger to fight scenes on the big screen, Biel says the two were extra cautious with each other. “Kate and I usually fight men in movies, and when you knock into a man, he doesn’t care,” she explains. “But every two seconds, Kate and I were saying, ‘I’m so sorry — are you okay?’ We were both so nervous about fighting another woman. Which is strange, because I have no problem fighting with a guy … Our fight scene isn’t overtly sexy: just two trained fighters who happen to be women kicking the s–t out of each other.”

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Surprising ‘New Year’s Eve’ movie facts

Surprising 'New Year's Eve' movie facts

Zac Efron signed on for the comedy primarily so he could kiss a co-star.

Garry Marshall’s ‘New Year’s Eve,’ featuring a star studded cast, opens this weekend. It’s the first, and at this point, only movie to be shot in Times Square during the famed dropping of the ball.

Co-stars Zac Efron and Michelle Pfeiffer previously appeared together in “Hairspray” (2007). In a recent press conference, Efron revealed that he had a big crush on Pfeiffer during production of that movie and found himself tongue-tied. The main reason he agreed to appear in ‘New Year’s Eve’ was so that he could not only play opposite the legendary actress, but kiss her as well. He later stated that kissing her was “amazing.”

Lea Michele and Ashton Kutcher spent two weeks in an elevator together during production. She reportedly felt so intimidated by Kutcher’s intelligence and breadth of knowledge that she spent her nights researching topics to talk about in between takes.

One of Hilary Swank’s lifelong ambitions was to work with Robert De Niro. In “New Year’s Eve,’ she got to do just that playing a television producer whose father (De Niro) is dying man. Just before their first scene together, Swank sees the famed method actor lying motionless in a hospital bed.

“I’m thinking, ‘Wow, he’s giving it to me. Like we’re connected here. We are connected. Me and De Niro – method,'” she said during a recent press conference. “I start getting a little emotional. But the camera’s not on me, but we were just getting into the mood, of the father-daughter, father dying kind of thing. I’m feeling it. I’m going deep with De Niro. The next thing I know, he’s opens his eyes, ‘Aaah, anyone got that coffee?’ And I’m like, ‘Oh, my god, he was sleeping!’ I thought he was going deep for me. The truth is, he’d been in that bed all day, from like six in the morning. He took a nap!”

Director Garry Marshall considers actor Hector Elizondo his good luck charm, and has cast him in every movie he’s made.

Compared to some of her previous movies like “The A-Team” and “Next,” Jessica Biel reportedly found playing a pregnant woman in ‘New Year’s Eve’ to be a pleasant change of pace. ‘I had a [pregnant belly] suit on,” she related on a British talk show. “I ate whatever I wanted — it was great!”

Related Link: Read the Full Production Notes for New Year’s Eve

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Rihanna named ‘Sexiest Woman Alive’

Rihanna named 'Sexiest Woman Alive'

Rihanna joins Halle Berry and Jessica Biel as a recipient of Esquire magazine’s yearly honor.

Rihanna is hot — and not just when it comes to her career. In addition to Billboard’s recent announcement that she just bested Madonna to become the fastest solo artist to chart 20 songs in the Top 10 of the Hot 100 chart, the 23-year-old pop star has been named Esquire’s Sexiest Woman Alive.

Joining the ranks of such Hollywood hotties as Minka Kelly, Jessica Biel, Halle Berry, and Scarlett Johansson, Rihanna reveals in the magazine that she doesn’t think of herself as sexy — even after she struts her stuff at one of her racy shows.

“At the end of a concert, I don’t feel like I’ve been this sexy thing,” Rihanna admits. “Really, I don’t even think about it.”

RiRi swears that most of the time, she’s not trying to be provocative … even during those, uh, provocative dances onstage. “Unless it’s a song that really calls for it, like ‘Skin’ or ‘S&M,’ or when I cover [Prince’s] ‘Darling Nikki.’ There’s a section that’s called ‘Sex’ in the show, which is the obvious section for sexuality.”

The “Rude Boy” songstress even opens up to the magazine about her feelings toward Chris Brown, the ex-boyfriend who physically abused her. “It’s incredible to see how he pulled out of it the way he did. Even when the world seemed like it was against him, you know?” Rihanna tells the mag. “I really like the music he’s putting out. I’m a fan of his stuff. I’ve always been a fan. Obviously, I had some resentment toward him for a while, for obvious reasons. But I’ve put that behind me. It was taking up too much of my time. It was too much anger. I’m really excited to see the breakthrough he’s had in his career. I would never wish anything horrible for him. Never. I never have.”

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Mila Kunis beat out Jessica Biel for movie role

Mila Kunis beat out Jessica Biel for movie role

Jessica Biel was a “huge fan” of a starring part that eventually went to Mila Kunis.

Justin Timberlake’s love Jessica Biel unsuccessfully tried out for the lead part of Jamie — which ultimately went to Mila Kunis — in Friends With Benefits.

“She was actually a huge fan of the project and screen-tested for it years ago,” David Newman, one of the comedy’s screenwriters, told the New York Post’s Page Six at Monday’s NYC premiere. Why was Biel, 29, rejected for the role opposite Timberlake, 30?

“We’re not the director,” Newman retorted. “She’s great and adorable — smoking hot!”

He added simply of Kunis, 27: “Mila was fated for the role.”

While Biel lost on out on that particular part, she may be faring a little better with her real-life man. Although she and Timberlake announced the end of their on-and-off four-year romance in March, they are “quietly seeing each other again,” a source recently told Us Weekly. “[They] decided to give it another shot.”

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