20 unknown facts about Will Smith -millionaire, great father and actor - Bemorepanda
The famous Hollywood actor Will Smith quickly built a career, reaching the heights of fame and recognition. Although it cannot be said that it was easy for him - the path was long, but he coped with the task set to himself and achieved success. Currently, he is a recognized star with a whole bunch of various awards, and, of course, the idol of millions of viewers. Bemorepanda presents you the most interesting facts about Will Smith.
1. Will is an acronym for "Willard".
2. In his school days he was nicknamed "The Prince" for his brilliant ability to get out of the water and successfully get out of a variety of situations.
3. The actor has three brothers and sisters.
4. Rap music Will Smith became interested in rap music at the age of twelve.
5. At 18, he landed his first lead role in the TV series The Cool Prince of Bel Air.
6. He began to study music earlier than films. Back in the 80s, the hip-hop duo DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince, in which he participated, became quite famous, and even won a Grammy.
7. He became a millionaire at the age of 20.
8. In the 90s, the actor gave up his musical career for many years, but then returned to it again.
9. Will Smith was offered the role of the Chosen One in "The Matrix", but he refused it, considering the project of this film a failure.
10. He is a Rubik's cube master. His personal best is 55 seconds.
11. In 2008, Will Smith made more money than any other Hollywood actor.
12. He's also the only actor to have 9 films in a row with at least $ 100 million each.
13. Barack Obama once said during his presidency that if a film was ever made about his life, he would like to be played by Will Smith.
14. On average, an actor makes about $ 30 million a year.
15. Smith's favorite book is "The Alchemist" by the Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho.
16. For his travels around the country, Will Smith bought a two-story truck with a trailer, which is a luxury mobile home that even has a bathtub and a gym.
17. One of the actor's hobbies is playing chess. They say he plays really well.
18. Besides English, Smith is fluent in Spanish.
19. Together with his son, he starred in the film "After our era", which, however, received as many as six anti-awards "Golden Raspberry". One of them was received personally by Will Smith - for the worst actor.
20. Despite the nominations for the Oscar, at the time of 2018 he had not received the coveted statuette. Will Smith himself believes that the evaluation committee does not issue Oscars to blacks in principle - not a single African American has received it in two decades. In protest, the actor even stopped attending the awards ceremony.
Best movies with Will Smith
Will Smith is an American rapper and film actor. On September 25, he turns 53 years old. While the Hollywood star does not have a single Oscar and Golden Globe (although there were nominations), she boasts fabulous fees and four Grammys. You can evaluate the acting abilities of Smith and his family by reading a dozen films below.
14. Bad boys
Action, comedy, thriller, crime.
Duration: 119 minutes.
A large shipment of drugs is stolen from a police station in Miami. The family man Marcus and Don Juan Mike are instructed to return the loss. To talk to the only witness in the case, the partners must pretend to be each other.
The Bad Boys is the directorial debut of Michael Bay. Previously, he shot music videos and unusual commercials, which is why his first film came out so dynamic and with an abundance of special effects.
This adrenaline-fueled buddy movie also paved the way for Will Smith and comedian Martin Lawrence.
Bad Boys has a sequel. The second part was filmed eight years later, and the third was released in 2020 to mixed reviews.
13. Independence Day
Fantasy, thriller, adventure.
Duration: 145 minutes.
Aliens arrive on Earth, and their intentions are far from peaceful. The planet is in danger of complete annihilation. Humans can only survive if they infect the main alien ship with a computer virus. Scientist David Levinson and pilot Steven Hiller, who dreams of flying into space, are sent on this dangerous mission.
The fantastic blockbuster "Independence Day" is ridiculously naive, but became the most successful picture of 1996 and the finest hour of the German director Roland Emmerich.
The main role was played by Will Smith, whose career was just gaining momentum after the "Bad Boys". The young actor brought a lot of personal charm to the action movie and immediately moved from among the rising stars to the caste of the most sought-after artists.
12. Men in black
Fantasy, Action, Comedy, Adventure.
Duration: 98 minutes.
Agents Kay and Jay work for the most secret organization in the world. Their task is to catch aliens dangerous to the Earth. The partners' new mission is to neutralize a giant alien bug that threatens to destroy humanity.
The myth of agents who allegedly know about the existence of aliens was very popular in the United States in the second half of the 20th century. Barry Sonnenfeld's film is based on a comic book that plays on this conspiracy theory in a funny way.
The role of Agent Jay was originally offered to Friends star David Schwimmer, but then the creators turned their attention to Will Smith: his image in the sitcom The Prince of Bel-Air made an impression on them.
In the wake of the success of the first part of "Men in Black", two more came out. It must be admitted that each subsequent film turned out to be weaker than the previous one. In 2019, a completely disastrous spin-off with Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth was born - the picture was criticized for parasitizing on nostalgia and the absence of everyone's beloved Smith.
11. Enemy of the state
Duration: 132 minutes.
Compromising information on an official accidentally falls into the hands of a successful lawyer Robert Dean: it turned out that he was pushing a law that allows you to follow literally every inhabitant of the country. From that moment on, the hero turns from a law-abiding citizen into an outcast and an enemy of the state, and government agents follow him on his heels.
By starring in Tony Scott's successful tech-thriller, Will Smith further cemented his superstar status. But ahead of the actor was waiting for failure. He could have played in The Matrix instead of Keanu Reeves, but he preferred Barry Sonnenfeld and his Wild Wild West project. The latter ended up being a commercial failure.
Drama, biography, sports.
Duration: 157 minutes.
The film tells about the great boxer Muhammad Ali. An athlete converts to Islam under the influence of black rights activist Malcolm X, and it changes his life forever.
Director Michael Mann took a big risk by inviting Will Smith, who made his name on commercial hits, into the drama. But the actor did not disappoint and performed his first serious role with maximum dedication.
The film is worth watching not only for the excellent performance of Smith. The camera work of Emmanuel Lubezki, who filmed the fights in the ring, is simply brilliant.
9. I, robot
USA, Germany, 2004.
Fantasy, Action, Thriller, Drama.
Duration: 115 minutes.
In the near future, the world is inhabited by humanoid robots. No one can even think that a machine can harm a person. Everything changes when cop Del Spooner takes on a murder case involving a cyborg.
The free adaptation of Isaac Asimov's collection of short stories was liked by the audience, including the writer's fans. The film was peppy, the plot intriguing, and Smith proved that he could play not only a typical good guy, but also a much more ambiguous character.
Duration: 117 minutes.
Consultant Alex "Hitch" Hitchens secretly teaches men how to charm the woman they like. One day, the hero meets Sarah, a journalist who works in a gossip column. They immediately feel sympathy for each other, but the problem is that the girl writes about one star romance, for which Alex is just responsible.
The Russian title of the film can confuse viewers who are waiting for a hooligan comedy in the spirit of The Hangover. Jokes here, of course, will also be, but the genre is much closer to a romantic melodrama. Moreover, Will Smith showed his versatile talent here, playing a very sweet and modest hero.
7. The Pursuit of Happyness
Duration: 117 minutes.
New Yorker Chris Gardner is left with a young son in his arms and with little to no money. He is trying to figure out how to make money, and decides to try his luck on the stock exchange. But to get into broker courses, he will have to risk literally everything that he has.
In this wonderful drama, Will Smith played a real-life successful investor who went from a homeless pauper to a millionaire. For the role of the child of the hero, the actor offered his son Jayden. The idea came to the right place: the audience saw on the screen the most natural relationship between two loving people.
6. I Am Legend
Fantasy, Action, Thriller, Drama, Adventure.
Duration: 96 minutes.
Robert Neville is the only person who has not turned into an aggressive cannibal mutant after the zombie apocalypse. At night, he is fighting for survival, and during the day he is trying to find an antidote and get to the bottom of the causes of the epidemic.
Francis Lawrence's film based on the novel by Richard Matheson is famous for two versions of the ending. In the theatrical ending, Will Smith's character acts like a typical Hollywood action movie character. The alternative denouement is much bolder. It is written in the spirit of a book source and turns the whole meaning of the plot inside out.
Fantasy, Action, Drama, Comedy.
Duration: 92 minutes.
Superhero John Hancock suffers from alcoholism and is forever depressed, and his every attempt to help someone turns into massive destruction. Unsuccessful PR man Ray Embry convinces Hancock that he needs to work on his image, but Ray's wife is not happy with this idea.
The script about the heavy burden of superpowers lay on the shelf for about 10 years. In general, the film was conceived as a superhero version of "Bad Santa", but during the filming a lot of things changed: for example, Smith's hero, although he appears to be a bully, is far from Billy Bob Thornton's cynicism.
As a result, the picture captivated the audience with its recklessly comedic intonation.
4. Seven Pounds
Duration: 118 minutes.
Ben Thomas' life changes dramatically when the woman he loves accidentally dies through his fault. Ben decides to commit suicide, but first to help seven strangers, each with their own trouble.
The film directed by Gabriele Muccino is built quite unusual: only at the end of the story it becomes clear what's what. Will Smith not only played a major role here, but also acted as an executive producer.
The audience really liked the sentimental picture of sacrificial love and atonement for sins. But critics found the tape too similar to "21 Grams" by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarrita and even suspected the creators of plagiarism.
3. Collateral Beauty
Duration: 97 minutes.
Advertiser Howard Inlet is grieving over the death of his little daughter. Colleagues develop an unusual plan to get a friend on his feet, but this leads to an unexpected result.
This story of loss, loneliness and grief from the director of The Devil Wears Prada will be appreciated by true romantics. Yes, and fans of Will Smith will see their favorite in an unusual genre for him - a touching melodrama.
USA, UK, Australia, 2019.
Musical, fantasy, melodrama, adventure.
Duration: 128 minutes.
A young street thief Aladdin accidentally meets the freedom-loving princess Jasmine, who is tired of life in the palace and does not want to get married. The young man decides to win her heart, and the powerful Genie is ready to help him in this. But the insidious vizier Jafar interferes with the plans of the heroes.
Not everyone liked the game interpretation of the 1992 cartoon. Guy Ritchie, the creator of cult crime comedies, was responsible for the production, but, alas, his corporate style in the film is not felt at all.
When the trailer came out, Will Smith, who pretty much scared everyone with his blue skin color, was criticized. But after the rental, almost all viewers noted how good the actor was in the role of the charming Ginny.
1. King Richard
Biography, sports, drama.
Duration: 144 minutes.
An exemplary family man, Richard Williams lives in California with his wife Brandi and five daughters. Two of them, Serena and Venus, play tennis well, but their parents don't have the money for expensive training. Therefore, Richard works as a security guard at night, and during the day he goes to famous coaches and begs them to take the girls for free - because someday they will become the greatest tennis players in history.
Will Smith played the father of two famous American tennis players - Venus and Serena Williams. But these sisters were not always like this, and the film by Reinaldo Marcus Green tells what they had to go through on the way to success.
For this role, Smith received the long-awaited "Oscar". Moreover, the image came out ambiguous: although Richard loved his children, this did not stop him from tormenting the girls with endless workouts. But Will, playing him, brilliantly revealed himself as a dramatic actor.
But Smith's triumph was spoiled by an unpleasant incident: a man hit host Chris Rock right at the ceremony because of a joke on his wife Jada. And this emotional reaction actually cost the actor his career.
He had to apologize to Will Smith Apologizes to Chris Rock for Oscars Slap: 'I Was Out of Line and I Was Wrong' / Variety before Rock, and later Will Smith announced Will Smith Resigns From Academy Over Chris Rock Oscars Slap Backlash / Variety that he was leaving from the American Film Academy.
Major studios were quick to cancel future projects with the actor: for example, Netflix even fired Netflix Backs Away from Will Smith Film 'Fast and Loose' (Exclusive) / The Hollywood Reporter Smith from Fast and Loose.
The two-time Oscar winner is one of Hollywood's most recognizable faces right now. He continues to act in various films, write scripts and engage in production work.
Biography of Tom Hanks
1. Child of an international family
The baby was born on July 9, 1956, in a medical institution in the American town of Concord, which is located in California. Tom's parents were from two different countries - the UK and Portugal. Father (Amos Mefford Hanks) was an English restaurant worker who moved to the United States. The mother (Janet Marilyn) worked in one of the hospital's departments.
2. Divorce of parents
Tom's mom and dad broke up when he was five years old. The three older children (Sandra, Larry, and Tom) went to live with their father, while the youngest (Jim) stayed with their mother. The family often changed their residence; by age 10, Hanks managed to live in 10 different houses. This hurt student achievement. Also, the guy had to find new friends constantly.
The future idol of millions suffered from shyness in childhood. He had few excellent acquaintances; he often spent time alone. The child rarely rioted and always obeyed adults. Already at a young age, he responsibly treated each assignment.
4. Favorite hobby
Hanks overcame shyness when he tried to prove himself at one of the school performances. A new hobby captivated the teenager. After graduating, he decides to enter the University of California, where he intensively studies drama and acting.
He received his first serious challenge when he was invited to become a member of the annual Shakespeare Festival. The future actor was engaged in stage design, helped with costumes, and installed spotlights. Tom quickly got bored with academic studies; he preferred to spend his free time more interestingly, touring with a small acting troupe.
5. Tom Hanks contracted the coronavirus
On March 12, 2020, it became known that actor Tom Hanks and his wife had contracted the coronavirus.
Hanks is now 63 and is at risk. The actor is now in Australia, receiving all the necessary medical care.
But the huge problem is that the couple was in contact with many people. Tom is with the crew of his new film, and Rita recently sang at the Emporium Hotel in Brisbane and the Sydney Opera House and participated in one of the Australian talk shows.
Tom Hanks career
6. Early work
The guy moved to New York in 1979 to try his hand at the big cinema. Previously, he managed to apply exclusively for episodic roles in TV shows. His debut work was a motion picture called "He knows how lonely you are," released exactly one year after the move.
The young man got his first serious success thanks to filming a romantic fantasy film about the love of a mermaid and a man, "Splash." Over the next few years, Hanks continued to appear in many films, but world recognition came to him only in the late eighties of the last century.
7. "Big" breakthrough
In 1988, the movie "Big" debuted in US cinemas. Hanks proved himself as a little boy who magically turned into an adult. Film critics praised Tom's efforts; he was nominated for an Oscar for the first time. Also in his collection appeared the first "Golden Globe."
8. Major works
During this period, many filmmakers became interested in the services of a star. He starred in the film "Turner and Hooch," where he played a police detective investigating crimes in tandem with his faithful dog. You can also note his work in the framework of the projects "Zest" and "Sleepless in Seattle."
9. Oscar-winning movies
The legal drama Philadelphia, released in 1993, brought Hanks his first Oscar. As part of the film, the man played a truly provocative role. This work has become very atypical for the US in the early nineties because the screenwriters did not dare to make films about the problems associated with homophobia and the fight against AIDS.
Tom managed to appear before the audience as a young lawyer who faced blatant discrimination. The specialist was fired because of his sexual orientation and HIV-positive status. The lawyer is trying to defend his position in court to restore justice.
The film is based on actual events, and some elements of the plot are borrowed from the life story of the lawyer Jeffrey Bowers. Hanks prepared well for this role, especially for filming; he lost 11 kilograms.
The following year, the famous drama Forrest Gump, based on the novel of the same name, debuted on the big screens. As part of the plot, the story of the life of the protagonist Forrest, who suffers from mental retardation, is told. The guy gets into many difficult situations, but thanks to his determination and good nature, he gets out of them with dignity. The hero accomplishes a fantastic military feat and becomes a real hero. Hanks did an excellent job as Gump, for which he received his second Oscar in a row.
10. Great talent
Tom is known to the world because of several iconic acting works. He became famous as a film director, screenwriter, producer, and voice actor. For example, Hanks can be heard in the Toy Story animated series (he gave the voice to Sheriff Woody).
11. Other significant roles
Nearly every Hanks film that hit theaters in the late 1990s ended up with a cult following. The bright diamonds of the cinema were the works "Saving Private Ryan" and "The Green Mile." A special place is occupied by an adventure drama called "Outcast," when, in preparation for filming, a man dropped as much as 22 kilograms! Many movie lovers have been filled with a joint project by Hanks and DiCaprio called Catch Me If You Can.
Hanks also played a professor of religious symbology working at Harvard University. He played the role of specialist Robert Langdon in films based on several novels by author Dan Brown.
12. Awards and nominations
Hanks is one of the most titled actors of our time. He won almost all the cult awards of world cinema: Oscar (2 nominations and two wins), Golden Globe, Emmy, and US Screen Actors Award. According to the BAFTA, he also remained a step away from receiving a prize several times.
In 2016, Tom received the prestigious Medal of Freedom, presented to him by the current President of the United States, Barack Obama. In addition, Hanks is a Chevalier of the Order of the Legion of Honor of France.
Personal life of Tom Hanks
13. Family, children
Tom's first wife was her university classmate Samantha Lewis. The guy and the girl legalized their relationship in 1978. At this time, the firstborn of the newlyweds was already one year old (currently, Colin Hanks is an actor and producer). After some time, Tom and Samantha had a daughter, Elizabeth. This stage of life was not the most successful for the couple. They experienced some financial difficulties. The problem of lack of money often became the cause of frequent scandals.
In 1985, on the set, the man met Rita Wilson. Relations developed rapidly, but Hanks did not dare to break with his ex-wife for a long time. The divorce agreement was finalized in 1987. After a couple of months, the actor decided to marry a second time. The ceremony was held in the Greek style because Rita's ancestors were immigrants from Hellas. Tom also decided to become an Orthodox Christian. Soon the girl gave birth to her husband's two sons.
14. Political views
Hanks has always supported the policies of Barack Obama in his interviews and was a supporter of Hillary Clinton in the 2016 elections, criticizing Donald Trump. Tom has repeatedly advocated same-sex marriage legalization and publicly criticized the Mormon Church for its outdated views.
15. Entertaining hobby
Tom has an exciting hobby; he loves collecting old typewriters. At the moment, the man has already ordered more than three hundred different units. He recently announced the release of his first book, consisting of seventeen stories, each of which will be printed on a separate typewriter. The star had to write the collection in moments free from filming.
16. Huge fees
Films in which Hanks took part collected a total of $ 9 billion in revenue at the box office (the third highest figure in history). Starring in "Angels and Demons," the actor managed to earn about 51 million dollars.
17. Favorite series
The celebrity is a big fan of Star Trek. The actor has repeatedly stated that he would like to star in one of the episodes of the series. He was even offered the role of Zephram Cochrane, but the man turned it down due to his busy schedule. The star's favorite film is considered to be "Space Odyssey," directed by Stanley Kubrick. He also really liked the Soviet movie The Cranes Are Flying.
18. Social networks
The actor's official profile has 5.5 million followers. Here the actor often exposes his photos from his personal life.
Quick facts about Tom Hanks
19. The actor's height is 183 centimeters, and his weight is about 75 kilograms.
20. Tom loves sports. He constantly does exercises and often attends sporting events in stadiums.
21. Hanks' son Chet suffered from alcohol and drug addiction for a long time. He also sold drugs and got involved with a terrible company. He was helped only by a lengthy rehabilitation in the clinic.
22. The man is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
23. In 1992, a star with his name appeared on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
24. Tom has type 2 diabetes. Now the actor deliberately refuses roles where you need to lose or gain weight.
25. An asteroid named 12818 is named after the actor.
26. "America's Dad" is the star's famous alias. Almost all of his characters in the movie were goodies.
27. Tom has an almost perfect reputation; he never got into major scandals. The man even gave $25 back to some fans complaining about his film Larry Crown.
28. Hanks often speaks out in support of the environment and owns an electric car.
29. Steven Spielberg lives next door to Tom. Men often communicate and even go to each other's barbecues.
30. The celebrity is not shy about being around ordinary people. He has been repeatedly seen on the New York subway.
20 facts about the secret life of Vladimir Putin revealed in 2021 by Navalny - The Palace, Corruption and Luxurious Life you need to know about
Alexei Navalny, the staunchest opponent of Russian President Vladimir Putin, arrested on his return to Russia, on Tuesday launched an investigation into a lavish Black Sea property that would belong to the Russian president. The investigation, published on the opposition blog, with a two-hour YouTube video, recorded before his return to Russia, claims that the property cost 1.35 billion dollars and was paid "with the largest bribe in history."
The investigation claims that the property, located along the southern coast of the Black Sea of Russia, is 39 times larger than Monaco and has a casino inside a mansion of 17,691 meters, next to an ice rink and vineyards.
The investigation also shows that Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) owns about 7,000 hectares of land surrounding the property and that the complex was funded by Putin's relatives, including Igor Sechin, head of Russian oil giant Rosneft and billionaire tycoon Gennady. Timshenko.
1.Putin, a petty KGB officer who now masquerades as a great spy, came to Dresden in 1985.
He wants us to think of him as a cool infiltrator. But in fact, he was an ordinary employee not even of a secret residency, but of the official representative office of the KGB in East Germany, a friend of the Soviet Union.
Today's court propagandists love to romanticize that period of Putin's life, claiming that he infiltrated the enemy's lair. In fact, this building was a warm place, where a bunch of persons like Putin sat at party meetings and awarded each other with mementos. Just like they do now.
2.November 21, 1987. Suited-up Putin, believe it or not, at the brothers-in-arms event.
The event is dedicated to the friendship between the KGB and the Stasi, the great October revolution, and the inevitable victory of socialism throughout the world.
On this day, Putin was presented with an award, a golden badge, as a symbol of friendship between Germany and the Soviet Union.
Friendship with the Soviet Union became the need of the heart of every citizen of the GDR. Now this “valuable” can be purchased on the Internet for 3 euros.
3.When Putin became president, 4 out of 5 of our country's major oil companies did not sell their oil abroad directly, but through the Swiss intermediary Gunvor.
Thus, Timchenko, without doing anything, earned incredible money.
Throughout the entire existence of Gunvor, it was believed that Putin had a secret share there, even the US Treasury officially claimed that Putin had access to Gunvor's money.
4.The story of Putin cannot be told without the story of Rossiya Bank.
Putin as we know him wouldn’t exist without it. This bank was created by the Leningrad Regional Committee of the CPSU.
But in 1991, when both the CPSU and the regional committees ceased to exist, the mayor of St. Petersburg Sobchak ordered to reorganize this bank.
To put the assets in order, and create a normal commercial structure on their basis that would help the economy of poverty-stricken St. Petersburg.
And he instructed this to Putin. Putin succeeded.
But most shareholders of the new bank were his, Putin's, friends.
5.In the early 90s, Rossiya was just a small bank controlled by the mayor's office, and now it is a giant banking monster that serves the country's main corrupt officials and keeps Putin's personal money.
6.Right during Putin's service in the Sobchak mayor's office, there were scandals, parliamentary investigations and reports on corruption around him.
The newspapers wrote about Putin's machinations. To be frank, Putin should have been put in jail already back then, in 1996, when he and Sobchak lost power after losing the elections.
By the way, Putin was then actively working in Sobchak's election headquarters, and from that moment he realized that fair elections are a terrible thing, because they can be lost.
But then two guardian angels appeared who saved our Vladimir Vladimirovich.
Those of you who are younger may ask people who remember the 90s well - who were then the embodiments of corruption? I guarantee you that two names will be said:
Pavel Pavlovich Borodin, Yeltsin's property manager.
7.It’s about the ex-wife of Putin - Lyudmila.
In the mid-90s, Lyudmila Putina, during her trip to Hamburg, met a German woman, Irene, and the two became penfriends.
For several years they sent each other handwritten letters in which Lyudmila told in detail about her life.
Here are these letters. From 1996, 1997, 1998 - then they stopped communicating. Lyudmila’s former friend even wrote a book about this called "Spicy Friendship". It was published in Russian in 2002, but unfortunately it quickly disappeared from the shelves. It contains excellent photographs of Putin's already very recognizable daughters, or “these women,” as he himself calls them.
From Lyudmila's letters, we learn a lot about Putin's life already at the end of those wild 90s.
Lyudmila describes in detail each vacation - in 1996 they spend 6 weeks in Davos, together with the Shamalov family, with whom they will become related in 15 years.
Several times a year the family of the official travels to France - in the summer to have a rest on the sea, and in the winter to ski.
8.Lyudmila Putina exposes a typical Putin lie.
She describes how in the summer of 1998 we went on vacation to Cannes for 6 weeks. But on July 22, Putin had to abruptly interrupt his vacation and return to Moscow - he was appointed director of the FSB.
We chose Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin for a reason. He’s a professional with experience in the entire range of tasks the FSB faces. This episode is also described in the only official biography of Putin. Only according to their version, the vacation was not in Cannes, but on the Baltic Sea.
9.Becoming the head of FSB.
After becoming the head of the FSB, Putin did exactly what he was supposed to do: helped corrupt officials evade responsibility.
The then general prosecutor Skuratov was gunning for the Yeltsin family, accusing them of theft and bribes. To neutralize Skuratov, the FSB organized a whole operation, the result of which was the showing on federal television of the famous tape with a “man similar to the Prosecutor General”.
You will now see a man very similar to the Prosecutor General of Russian Federation in the company of some call girls.
10.Who gave Putin the power to rule?
The corrupt Yeltsin family was saved. And literally four months later, realizing that they could not find a more reliable and appropriate person in spirit, it was Yeltsin's family, “Tanya and Valya”, who made Putin the successor: first the Prime Minister, and then the President of Russia.
11. You want to steal from the budget and milk state property? Share with Putin
As soon as Putin established himself in power - that is, after he subjugated television and the courts and established a system of electoral fraud - the largest operation to seize and milk Russia began (and continues to this day).
Every Putin’s friend gets a piece. One sits on the streams of Gazprom, the second begins to milk Rosneft, the third takes over the largest construction projects.
A gang of bribe-takers and crooks from the St. Petersburg mayor's office seized all key posts and declared themselves brilliant managers and saviors of Russia.
But despite the fact that our heroes got suited up and surrounded themselves with hundreds of guards, the key principle on which everything has been held since the wild 90s in St. Petersburg stayed the same. You want to steal from the budget and milk state property? Share with Putin.
12.It’s the world’s largest construction project : Putin's Palace
The most secret and guarded facility in Russia, without exaggeration. This is not a country house, not a dacha, not a residence, this is a whole city, or rather a kingdom. It has impregnable fences, its own port, its own guards, a church, its own access control, a no-fly zone and even its own border checkpoint.
It is an actual separate state within Russia.
And in this state, there is a single and irreplaceable king: Putin. Wait, you’ll say, we heard about this palace, we know that it was once built for Putin, but then, when the whole story was revealed, the construction was frozen, and some businessman bought the palace, right? You are telling us some old story.
You are wrong. This story is unknown to anyone. Firstly, you cannot imagine the true size of this palace. Secondly, there was no sale. This is a legal illusion created through several bogus deals and an active media campaign. The only real owner of this famous place from the very beginning to the present day is Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin.
13.Looking inside the castel, you will understand that the president of Russia is inlove with money.
He is obsessed with wealth and luxury. Can you imagine the Principality of Monaco? It is small, but still a separate country. Well, this is a property the size of 39 principalities of Monaco. It was built so that it would not be possible to get to it by land, sea or air. Thousands of people working there are forbidden to bring even a simple mobile phone with a camera. Arriving cars are inspected at several checkpoints, with the help of mirrors and pits with video cameras, trunks and glove compartments get searched.
14.We present to you the most secret palace in Russia - Putin's palace near Gelendzhik.
Here it is, right in front of you. This is the largest private residential building in Russia, its officially confirmed area according to documents is 17,691 m2. And there is not even much to compare it with. The most luxurious houses on Rublyovka are several times smaller. This is the new Versailles, or the new Winter Palace - a truly royal place.
15.A very strange mound though, it has several entrances.
For a long time we tried to understand what was inside and at some point we saw the insides of this mountain on satellite images.
Rectangle with rounded corners measuring 56 by 26 meters. It's a hockey rink!
Indeed, who needs a palace in which you cannot play hockey? This is the first time we see the underground hockey complex though. The owner's bunkering style is recognized - he likes to sit underground. He probably imagines himself a gnome from the Lord of the Rings movie, guarding his gold. The contractors confirmed to us that they indeed buried an ice palace underground, which is actually the height of a five-story building.
16.More important things about the Palace
In this picture is shown the Tea House.
Here is a grandiose fence, through which no outside thief can get through. On the right is the very building for which the 80-meter bridge was built. This is a guest house aka Tea House with an area of 2,500 m2. And here is the long-suffering amphitheater. This simple object is being built and rebuilt continuously over the years.
Here is the amphitheater.
Here is the entrance to a special tunnel,which was built by the same people who are building the metro.
This is a unique structure that allows not only convenient access to the sea, but also shelter in case of war or attack from the residents of Gelendzhik. And this tunnel has a small secret that one of the builders of the palace revealed to us. Do you see some kind of a door here? Look at this photo - you can see it a little better. And this is the place on the tunnel scheme. This, my friends, is the tasting room disguised like a part of the mountain.
In fact, it is a huge window that offers the best possible sea view.
18.And now for something that’s impossible to show with a drone - the scale.
They flew here, this is the huge palace complex, the land plot around it is 68 hectares. But in fact, the territory of the palace is about 100 times larger. This land plot - forests and mountains, with an area of 7,000 hectares, 70 million (!!!) square meters, belongs to the FSB. And in September 2020, it was fully leased until 2068 to the company that owns the palace.
19.Take a look at this picture of the gateway of the residence taken by one of the workers.
Something here must seem vaguely familiar to you. You've already seen this somewhere. That's where. The classic, familiar to everyone, scene of the storming of the Winter Palace from the film by Sergei Eisenstein. You can still see this eagle now if you visit St. Petersburg and approach the Hermitage. And the fact that Putin put an exact copy of the Tsar's eagle with a crown from the Winter Palace on the gate of his personal dacha tells us a lot about who this man thinks he is.
20.The richest people in the world often donate their fortune to charity.
Or build a university. Or a huge hospital that will be named after them. What dream is Putin realizing? What for did he arrange all this - 20 years in power, repressive laws, robbed poor people, complete destruction of politics, rewritten constitution, people in prison? We will now see the answer. For gold and marble, for sofas and couches in the Louis XIV style, for mosaics, frescoes, stained glass windows, a home theater and even an aquadiskotheque.
When we were kids, we most likely didn’t even realize how deep the meaning of Disney cartoons was. We were more interested in songs and dances, funny characters, terrible villains, and magnificent costumes of princesses and princes. But in these cartoons, especially those that have already become classics like The Lion King, Mulan, and Pocahontas, there are sad, touching moments seasoned with inspirational quotes.
Beautiful, emotional quotes that can touch the core
And if you listen carefully, they can teach some life lessons to children and adults. We have collected Disney quotes for you that will surely increase your motivation and mood.
1. "A flower that blooms in bad weather is the rarest jewel." Emperor, Mulan
2. "Sometimes the right path is not the easiest." Grandma Iva, "Pocahontas"
3. “You are much braver and smarter than you think; and much stronger than you might think. Christopher Robin, "Winnie the Pooh"
4. "Our destiny is within us, and it only takes courage to see it." Merida, "Brave"
5. "Even miracles take a little time." The good fairy, "Cinderella."
6. "Remember, you are the one who can fill this world with light." Snow White, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
7. "Hakuna matata". Timon and Pumbaa, The Lion King
8. "Always let your conscience be your guide." Cricket Jiminy, Pinocchio
9. "The same things that hold you down can lift you." Timothy Mouse, Dumbo
10. “The past can hurt, but as I see it, you can either run away from it or take a lesson for yourself.” Rafiki, The Lion King
11. “If you are going to watch all your life, then you will see how the whole life has passed without you.” Laverne, The Hunchback of Notre Dame
12. “You don't have time to be timid. You must be bold and courageous." Lumiere, "Beauty and the Beast"
13. "The whole world is at your feet." Burt, Mary Poppins
14. “Life is a journey full of experiences, not a problem to be solved.” Pooh, "Winnie the Pooh"
15. "Change is good." Rafiki, The Lion King
16. “All it takes is faith and trust.” Peter Pan, "Peter Pan"
17. “I'm on my way. I can cover the distance. It doesn't matter how far. Somehow I will find the strength within me. I know every mile is worth the effort. I'll go anywhere to find my place." Hercules, "Hercules"
Cartoons have existed since the 19th century when various optical illusions obtained with the help of devices were very popular. The original, simple form was a toy for children, a notebook, the pages that could be quickly scrolled. On each page, slightly different figures were drawn from the previous page, and if the images were swiftly changed one after the other, they merged and seemed to move. Since then, this principle in creating cartoons has remained unchanged, but modern technologies have perfected this art.
When cinematography was taking its first steps, the animated film was already a popular genre, although it took a long time to make. For just one minute of animation, 1440 drawings had to be made!
Walt Elias Disney was born on December 5, 1901, in Chicago. The childhood dream of cartoons. In 1923 he founded an animation studio. In 1928, the famous Mickey Mouse character was created. In the beginning, Mickey Mouse had no voice: it was the first time he was cast in a silent film. In 1955 he founded a vast amusement park: Disneyland. More than 500 million people from all over the world - children, parents, grandparents, presidents of states, kings, queens, princesses - have visited the famous amusement park over time.
18. "You're never too old to be young." Lucky, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
19. “You control your destiny; you don't need magic. And there are no magic shortcuts to solve your problems.” Merida, "Brave"
20. “If you focus on what you left behind, you can never see what lies ahead.” Gusteau, "Ratatouille"
21. “You don't just have to fly. Soar". Dumbo, "Dumbo"
22. "You should always say what you think." March Hare, Alice in Wonderland
23. “If you weren’t who you are, then we would all be a little different from who we are now.” Piglet, "Winnie the Pooh"
24. “A real hero is measured not by the size of his strength, but by the strength of his heart.” Zeus, "Hercules"
25. “When a smile appears in your heart, there is no better time to start. Think of all the joy you will find when you leave your worries behind. You can fly." Peter Pan, "Peter Pan"
26. “Do things outside of your comfort zone. The rewards are worth it." Rapunzel, "Tangled"
27. “It's up to you how far you go. If you don't try, you'll never know." Merlin, "The Sword in the Stone"
28. "Infinity is not the limit." Buzz Lightyear, Toy Story
29. "Today's special moments are tomorrow's memories." Genie, Aladdin 2: The Return of Jafar
30. "Nothing is impossible." Doorknob, Alice in Wonderland
31. “As with many other things, it’s not what’s on the outside that matters, but what’s on the inside.” Merchant, "Aladdin"
32 “Do you know what to do when life fails you? Just keep swimming!" Dory, Finding Nemo
33. "Real beauty lies within." Narrator, Beauty and the Beast
34. “If you can’t say something good, it’s better to keep silent.” Dwarf Thumper, "Bambi"
35. “If you follow in the footsteps of a stranger, you will learn something you never knew.” Pocahontas, "Pocahontas"
36. "Let go of the situation." Elsa, Frozen
37. “The only way to get what you want is to work hard.” Tiana, The Princess, and the Frog
38. “To laugh at yourself is to love yourself.” Mickey Mouse
39. “Sometimes we only see how people are different from us. But if you look closely, you'll see how similar we are." Jasmine, Aladdin
40. “If you keep believing, your dream will come true.” Cinderella, "Cinderella"
41. "We're all crazy here." Cheshire Cat, Alice in Wonderland
42. “Giving up is for beginners.” Philoctetes, "Hercules"
No other genre is as popular. Comedies bring families together, allow them to declare their love, they are finally watched to relax and just laugh heartily. We tried to choose for you those comedies that will definitely not make you regret the time spent.
What are the top 10 funniest Hollywood movies of all time?
This is top of the best Hollywood movies in the comedy genre, which, even if they don’t make you laugh, will definitely cheer you up for the whole day. Here you can find romantic stories, family pictures, trash action movies, crime detectives. These movies talk about serious topics in a light and casual way. It makes you think about life with all its inconsistencies, absurdities, and vicissitudes of fate. And these movies show that you can not give up. It’s better to put on a smile on your face, grit your teeth and try to think positively, even if you have to spend the rest of your days in the airport terminal or barely have enough money for a bar of chocolate.
10. In Jazz Only Girls (1959)
The comedy in "In Jazz Only Girls" was released in 1959 - for its time it was bold, if not revolutionary. Hollywood was just beginning to move away from the old code of ethics - for example, it was simply impossible then to joke so much about sex or “force” a character to behave frivolously. And here the men dress up in women's clothes, and the woman allows herself obscenities.
Not to mention the fact that one man, an eccentric rich man, is not embarrassed that his other half is also a man. Everyone has their flaws, remember? The authors of the movie, director and producer Billy Wilder, along with screenwriter Easy Diamond, took a big risk, but it was worth it. Almost all phrases are disassembled into quotes, the song “I Wanna Be Loved by You”, performed by Marilyn Monroe, seems to be known to everyone, and the episodes where the heroes of Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon portray two modest ladies in public cause laughter even now.
9. Airplane (1980)
The farcical comedy "Airplane" is a parody of all disaster movies at once. There is no one to control the plane - the crew took hostage ... an eating disorder, and a simple guy has to sit at the helm. Helps him beloved (she is a stewardess) and the mysterious Dr. Rumek. For Leslie Nielsen, the role of a doctor who, no matter how stupid he does, keeps a serious face, has become a landmark.
Previously, he played dramatic roles, and in the "Airplane" everyone saw his talent as a comedian. The movie earned back its tiny $3.5 million budget in its first days of release. In total, he earned 150 million, which was a surprise for the creators - test screenings were held without much enthusiasm. "Airplane" is found in all the ratings of the leading publications, and most often it is in the top three of the best comedies. Empire considers "Airplane" to be "pure, quadruple-cleansed comedy at the rate of three hilarious jokes per minute, the perfect blend of surrealism, wit, parody, and inspired physical gags."
8. This is Spinal Tap! (1984)
Together with the movie "This Is Spinal Tap!" the term mockumentary appeared. The definition came into use thanks to director Rob Reiner. He called his movie "mockumentary", emulating the word "rockumentary", which refers to documentaries about the life of rock stars. The characters in Reiner's movie are members of a heavy metal band. The camera follows them everywhere - to the stage or a party, to a rehearsal, or on a tour bus. "Spinal Tap" lets you get really close.
For example, they give interviews in the bathroom, do not drive the operator away in the midst of a scandal with a girlfriend, and do not hide irritation due to failures. The audience laughed, seeing in the heroes the features of famous rockers, known for their ridiculous, and sometimes inadequate behavior. The energy of "Spinal Tap" turned out to be so strong that it broke out, beyond the screen: after movieing, the "group" still performed in concerts, and a few years later recorded two albums.
7. Groundhog Day (1993)
Groundhog Day is not a classic comedy where it's funny just because the hero does something stupid or gets into a ridiculous situation. What's going on with meteorologist Phil Connors, when you think about it, isn't fun at all. Bill Murray's character is stuck in a time loop. He cannot leave the small town where he came for work to find out the groundhog's "prediction" about when spring will come. Every day is a damn February 2nd.
But the reception of repetition gives rise to laughter. And the main character himself is a charming cynic, now and then releasing witticisms. Not surprisingly, the movie did well at the box office. It lasted 18 weeks on the screens in the USA (of which 7 were in the top ten), the budget (about $ 15 million) beat off in the first four days and at the end of the year became the 13th in North America in terms of fees. But the American movie Academy "Groundhog Day" left even without nominations. As a result, the movie has only one big prize - the British BAFTA for the screenplay.
6. Annie Hall (1977)
The Annie Hall movie has all the elements of Woody Allen's signature style. The protagonist (played by Allen himself) is an intellectual grumbler who would like to enjoy life but is forever tormented by its imperfection. The action takes place in New York, the director's hometown. The dialogues are funny, but by no means superficial, there are many of them, and even everyday topics suddenly get a philosophical turn.
It was thanks to this picture that Allen was no longer considered just a director of the comedy genre - the public appreciated the emotional depth of the story. The movie earned $ 40 million at the box office (and this is with a budget of 4 million!) And received four Oscars - for best movie, best screenplay, best director, and for the main female role played by Diane Keaton here. By the way, the real name of the actress is Hall, and Annie is her nickname.
5. The Hangover (2009)
The original title of Todd Phillips' movie is Hangover. "Hangover". And the characters are powerful. They don’t remember at all what happened yesterday: where the tiger and the baby appeared in their hotel room in Vegas, and where the friend, for whom the bachelor party was started, disappeared. As a result, the guys go through a tricky quest to deliver the sidekick to the wedding on time. The movie's team showed remarkable ingenuity to make all these crazy moves around Vegas look fresh, original, and, most importantly, hilariously funny. The work was rewarded. The Hangover grossed almost $470 million, making it the tenth highest-grossing movie of 2009 and receiving two sequels.
4. Home Alone (1990)
A boy pressing his hands to his cheeks and screaming furiously is definitely one of the most recognizable images in cinema. Folk love covered little Kevin (and the performer of his role Macaulay Culkin) as soon as he appeared on the screens. In 1990, the movie became a hit at the box office - it earned about $ 480 million and took second place at the end of the year, losing only to "Ghost" with Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore. But even now, when the comedy "Home Alone" is broadcast on TV, it is simply impossible to switch. Although you know in advance what other set-up the guy has prepared for the thieves who made their way into the house.
3. Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979)
For the unique style used by British comedians from the Monty Python group, the Oxford Dictionary even has a special word Pythonesque. It means surreal humor. Often rude, it is based on illogical comparisons and deftly balances between boorish stupidity and wit. "Monty Python" intelligently ridiculed ignorance and hypocrisy, all sorts of cliches, a rigid view of things. Their sketches from the television show Monty Python's Flying Circus, which ran from 1969-to 1974, are still quoted today. We owe the term “spam” to Monty Python – in one sketch, comedians played up an intrusive canned food advertising campaign by using the word more than 100 times.
It is this comic group that is considered to have had the greatest influence on contemporary Western satire. Sacha Baron Cohen, creators of the sitcoms The Simpsons, Rick and Morty, and South Park draw inspiration from the sketch group. Monty Python's Life of Brian, in which one eccentric guy is mistaken for the messiah, is a poignant combination of dark humor and political satire, coupled with religious jokes. Not everyone liked the movie: for example, it was banned from showing in several countries. But only this did not prevent him from eventually appearing regularly in the selections of the best comedies in the history of cinema.
2. Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Atomic Bomb (1963)
Dr. Strangelove was released at the height of the Cold War, just fifteen months after the Cuban Missile Crisis when the world was still at its breaking point. Therefore, one can imagine what effect the picture had, where a paranoid American general suddenly decides to launch a nuclear attack on the USSR. Stanley Kubrick was able to accurately convey the feeling of fear of a global catastrophe, which everyone then shared. And since the director worked in the comedy genre, he was able to show the irresponsibility and stupidity of those who have access to the "red button" in the form of a poisonous satire.
1. Blazing Saddles (1974)
"Blazing Saddles" is a daring parody of all the classic westerns at once, the authors of which created myths about the Wild West in their works. Here the sheriff is the only black among the white population. He must "deal" with dodgy businessmen who planned to completely demolish the city in order to build a new railway line. The Oscar-winning movie by the great comedian Mel Brooks is a satire on the eternal ills of society - racism, corruption, greed. As Vulture writes, "Most movies fail to portray the enduring truth about race, gender, tribalism, politics, friendship, and flatulence and with a tenth of the guts or brilliance of Mel Brooks's best movie."
Who made the best comedic duo in movie history?
Gerard Depardieu and Pierre Richard
It was in the West, in capitalist France, that Gerard Depardieu first became known as the favorite actor of the experimenter Bertrand Blier (Waltzing, Cold Appetizers). The Soviet public fell in love with him first of all as a member of the bright duet Richard-Depardieu, who was born in the comedy The Unlucky. Against the backdrop of a clumsy, stupid loser with a shock of curly hair, Depardieu looked strong, tenacious, and self-confident gentleman. Meanwhile, in life, everything was exactly the opposite. The first grew up in a respectable bourgeois family. The second, before discovering his acting talent, stuttered and made a living ... prostitution.
Seth Rogen and James Franco
They work in pairs so often that it's time to make a separate top 10 of their joint projects. The main feature of the duet, which was formed at the end of the last century on the TV series Freaks and Geeks, is a complete disregard for cultural taboos, which leads one part of the public into wild delight, the other into an equally wild rage. After a story about a couple of stoners ("Pineapple Express"), they showed the world what an apocalypse is at the Dream Factory ("End of the World 2013: Apocalypse Hollywood Style"). And immediately entered the world stage, releasing a comedy about the assassination of the current North Korean leader ("The Interview"). Kim Jong-un was so upset that Barack Obama himself had to intercede for the moviemakers.
Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry
The collection of hilarious sketches The Fry and Laurie Show, in which the actors make fun of Santa Barbara, Cold War movies, and conservative politicians, was watched by fans of subtle British humor literally to holes. The comedy series "Jeeves and Wooster" - an exemplary movie adaptation of Wodehouse's stories - has been studied both in translation and in the original voice acting. But Fry and Laurie, despite the requests of the fans, still can not get together to work on the next joint project. A couple of years ago, they almost decided on a new show in which Fry promised to tell funny stories, and Laurie - to sing songs while sitting at the piano. But for three years now there has been no rumor or spirit about this idea. The next reunion of British actors will most likely happen in the cartoon "The Canterville Ghost", where they should voice the main roles. Well - thanks for that.
Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels
In 1994, when the audience got acquainted with "Dumb and Dumber", it seemed that bigger idiots than Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels could not be found in all of Hollywood. The legendary comedian Harold Lloyd, after whom their characters (actually, Lloyd and Harry) are named, had to be spinning in a coffin non-stop since the release of the movie. The heroes of this truly idiotic comedy dreamed of opening a store selling worms traveling around America in a wool-covered car with ears and fought an equal fight for the title of the dumbest guy on the planet. It turned out, oddly enough, not only funny but also profitable. What can not be said about the sequel, which appeared twenty years later, when the audience forgot how to see in Carrey only a comedian, a show-off, and a prankster.
Danny DeVito and Arnold Schwarzenegger
Tired of the image of the dim-witted bodybuilder who, as Robin Williams joked, says few more words on screen than the Scottish Collie Lassie, Arnold Schwarzenegger decided to try his hand at the comedy genre. So the Schwarzenegger-DeVito duet was born, woven according to the principle of "unity of opposites". One is a relief jock almost two meters tall. The second is a bald fat man from the category "meter in a jump." Therefore, a brief description of "Twins", their first joint movie work, could be enough to break into a wide smile: DeVito and Schwarzenegger play brothers in the movie, who were born as a result of a not entirely successful experiment of geneticists.