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Seven Pounds

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Seven Pounds is a 2008 film, directed by Gabriele Muccino. Will Smith stars as a man who sets out to change the lives of seven people. Rosario Dawson, Woody Harrelson, and Barry Pepper also star. The film was released in theaters in the United States and Canada on December 19, 2008 by Columbia Pictures.

Two years ago Tim Thomas (Will Smith) was in a car crash, which was caused by him using his mobile phone; seven people died: six strangers and his fiancée, Sarah Jenson (Robinne Lee).

A year after the crash, and having quit his job as an aeronautical engineer, Tim donates a lung lobe to his brother, Ben (Michael Ealy), an IRS employee. Six months later he donates part of his liver to a child services worker named Holly (Judyann Elder). After that he begins searching for more candidates to receive donations. He finds George (Bill Smitrovich), a junior hockey coach, and donates a kidney to him, and then donates bone marrow to a young boy named Nicholas (Quintin Kelley).

Two weeks before he dies he contacts Holly and asks if she knows anyone who deserves help. She suggests Connie Tepos (Elpidia Carrillo), who lives with an abusive boyfriend. Tim moves out of his house and into a local motel taking with him his pet box jellyfish. One night, after being beaten, Connie contacts Tim and he gives her the keys and deed to his beach house. She takes her two children and moves in to their new home.

Having stolen his brother's credentials, and making himself known by his brother's name Ben, he checks out candidates for his two final donations. The first is Ezra Turner (Woody Harrelson), a blind vegetarian meat salesman who plays the piano. Tim calls Ezra Turner and harasses him at work to check if he is quick to anger. Ezra remains calm and Tim decides he is worthy.

He then contacts Emily Posa (Rosario Dawson), a self-employed greeting card printer who has a heart condition and a rare blood type. He spends time with her, weeding her garden and fixing her rare Heidelberg printer. He begins to fall in love with her and decides that as her condition has worsened he needs to make his donation.

His brother tracks him down to Emily's house. Ben then demands that Tim return his IRS ID to him. Tim leaves and returns to the motel. He fills the bathtub with ice water to preserve his vital organs, climbs in, and then commits suicide by pulling his extremely poisonous jellyfish into the water with him. His friend Dan (Barry Pepper) acts as executor to ensure that his organs are donated to Emily and Ezra. Ezra Turner receives his corneas and Emily receives his heart. Afterwards, Emily meets Ezra at a concert and they begin to talk.

Seven Pounds is based on a script written by Grant Nieporte under Columbia Pictures. In June 2006, Will Smith joined the studio to star in the planned film and to serve as one of its producers. In September 2007, director Gabriele Muccino, who worked with Smith on The Pursuit of Happyness (2006), was attached to direct Seven Pounds, bringing along his creative team from the 2006 film. Smith was joined by Rosario Dawson and Woody Harrelson the following December to star in Seven Pounds. Filming began in February 2008.

Smith felt that the character needed to be a quiet and rather introverted person who does not burn himself out at every possible instance. The character was a contrast to Smith's previous characters, and Smith felt that director Gabriele Muccino's trust in him helped him relax and avoid overextending himself. Smith acknowledged Seven Pounds as a drama film, but he saw it as more of a love story.

Also in the film are Rosario Dawson, Woody Harrelson, Barry Pepper, Robinne Lee and Michael Ealy. Will Smith handpicked Ealy for the role of the main character's brother. Connor Cruise, the adopted son of actor Tom Cruise and actress Nicole Kidman, was cast in his first role as a younger version of Tim Thomas.

Prior to the film's release, the title Seven Pounds was considered a "mystery" which the studio refused to explain. Early trailers for Seven Pounds also kept the film's details a mystery. Director Gabriele Muccino explained the intent: "The will not know exactly what this man is up to." Will Smith is reported to have confirmed that the title refers to Shakespeare's The Merchant Of Venice, in which a debtor must pay a pound of flesh. In this case it amounts to parts of his body donated to seven persons deemed worthy by Smith's character. They are the recipients of his heart, a lung, part of his liver, and his eyes, among other things.

Seven Pounds was promoted on a five-city tour across the United States in November 2008, screening in Cleveland, Miami, Dallas, St. Louis, and Denver to raise funds for food banks in each region. The film was also promoted at a charity screening in Minneapolis in support of Second Harvest Heartland. Since screenings of new films usually took place in Los Angeles or New York City, the choice of cities was unconventional. Smith said, "This is more like the old-school music tours. Different clubs, different cities, meeting people. You get in touch with what people are feeling and thinking, and it's much more personal when you're actually out shaking hands." The actor sought to "get reacquainted" with an America that he felt had an "openness to change" with the country's election of Barack Obama as the first African-American president.

The film was released on December 19, 2008 in 2,758 theaters in the United States and Canada. It grossed an estimated $16 million, placing second at the weekend box office after Yes Man. The opening gross was the lowest for a film starring Smith since Ali in 2001. The gross was also $5 million less than anticipated, partially ascribed to winter storms in the Northeast over the weekend. According to studio research, 64% of the audience were over 25 years old, and 55% were female.

Critics have given the film generally negative reviews. The movie website Rotten Tomatoes reported that 28% of critics gave the film positive write-ups based upon a sample of 130 with an average score of 4.7/10. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the film has received an average score of 36 based on 31 reviews.

Positive reviews singled out Dawson's performance; Richard Corliss wrote in Time that Dawson gives "a lovely performance," while Mick LaSalle of The San Francisco Chronicle noted that Dawson's performance "shows once again that she has it in her to be a powerhouse." Readers of the movie's page at the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) have given the movie a fairly positive rating, but not enough to make the site's Top 250 list.

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Woody Harrelson

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Woodrow Tracy "Woody" Harrelson (born July 23, 1961) is an American Emmy Award-winning and Academy award-nominated actor. Harrelson's breakthrough role came in the classic sitcom Cheers as Woody Boyd. Notable film roles include Roy Munson in Kingpin, Mickey Knox in Natural Born Killers, Larry Flynt in The People vs. Larry Flynt, Dusty in A Prairie Home Companion and Carson Wells in No Country for Old Men. He also played Ezra Turner in Seven Pounds.

Harrelson was born in Midland, Texas, the son of Diane Lou (née Oswald) and Charles Voyde Harrelson, who divorced in 1964; he has two brothers, Jordan and Brett, the latter of whom is a professional motorcycle racer. In 1979, in San Antonio, Federal Judge John H. Wood, Jr. was shot and killed by rifle fire by Charles Harrelson, who was a freelance contract killer. He was convicted and eventually died during his life sentence in maximum security prison.

Harrelson grew up in Lebanon, Ohio, with his mother. Harrelson attended Lebanon High School and later Hanover College in Indiana. He was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity, and in 1983, received a bachelor of arts in theater arts and English.

Harrelson is best known for his work on the NBC sitcom Cheers. He played the character Woody Boyd, who replaced Coach (Played by Nicholas Colasanto, who died in the third season). He began playing the character in season four and lasted 8 seasons on the show. In 1988, Harrelson won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. In 1999, Harrelson guest starred in the show's spin-off Frasier, in which he reprises the role of Woody Boyd. Harrelson was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series. In 2003, Harrelson appeared in several episodes of Will and Grace.

After the end of Cheers, Harrelson left his television career to pursue a film career. His first film was Wildcats in 1986 with Goldie Hawn. Harrelson became friends with Wesley Snipes and starred with him in the box-office hits White Men Can't Jump and Money Train. He appeared in mostly minor roles until 1993 when he starred in Robert Redford's Indecent Proposal.

After the success of Indecent Proposal, Harrelson played Mickey Knox in Oliver Stone's Natural Born Killers and Dr Michael Raynolds in the film The Sunchaser. In 1996, he starred in the comedy Kingpin.

Harrelson's career took off when he starred in the Milos Fordman film The People vs. Larry Flynt, in which he plays Larry Flynt a pornographic writer and owner of Hustler magazine. The film was a success and Harrelson's performance as Larry Flynt was one of the greatest performances of the year. He was nominated for a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award for Best Actor, but subsequently lost to Geoffrey Rush for his performance in the film Shine.

After the success of The People vs. Larry Flynt, Harrelson starred acting in more serious film roles. He starred in the 1997 war film Welcome to Sarajevo as Flynn and in 1997 starred as Sergeant William Schumann in Wag the Dog. In 1998, Harrelson starred in the Drama/Thriller Palmetto and played Sergeant Keck in The Thin Red Line, a war film nominated for seven Academy Awards in 1999.

After The Thin Red Line, Harreslon made other film such as The Hi-Lo Country and in 1999 he portrayed Ray Pekurny in the teen comedy EDtv. Also in 1999, he appeared as boxer Vince Boundreau in the sports film Play it to the Bone.

Harrelson didn't appear in movies again until 2003 when he co-starred as Security Guard Gary in the comedy film Anger Management. After Anger Management, Harrelson co-starred as Stan Lloyd in the action film After the Sunset, and as Leland Powell in the comedy She Hates Me.

In 2005, Harrelson played Raymond in the film The Big White and also in 2005 played the role of Bill White in North Country. Also in 2005 he appeared as Kelly Ryan in the film The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio. In 2006, Harrelson made two films, playing the part of Roy Arnie in the animated film version of Free Jimmy and as Ernie Luckman in A Scanner Darkly. In 2007 he played Carter Page III in the film The Walker.

In late 2007, Harrelson co-starred in the western No Country for Old Men, playing Carson Wells, a bounty hunter. The film won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director for Joel Coen and Ethan Coen. Harrelson also won the Screen Actor Guild Award for Best Cast, along with Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin and Kelly McDonald.

In 2008, Harrelson made many films, but the most known are Semi-Pro and Seven Pounds. In Semi-Pro, he played the role of Monix and in Seven Pounds played the role Ezra Turner. Harrelson has several upcoming projects The Messenger, Defendor, Zombieland, Pinkville, The Other Side, Bunrako and his most anticipated project yet, 2012 as Charlie Frost, a man who warns everyone about the end of the world. The film is directed by Roland Emmerich. All of the projects are scheduled for release in 2009.

In 1999 Harrelson directed his own play, Furthest from the Sun, at the theater de la Juene Luene in Minneapolis. He followed next in Roundabout's Broadway rival at the N. Richard Nash played The Rainmaker in 2000, Sam Shepard's The Late Henry Moss in 2001, Joan Kolvenbach's On an Average Day opposite Kyle MacLachlan in London's West End in the fall of 2002, and in the summer of 2003, Harrelson directed the Toronto premiere of Kenneth Lonergang's This is Our Youth at the Bakery Street Theater. In the winter of 2005/2006 Harrelson returned to London's West End, starring in Tennessee Williams' Night of the Iguana at the Lyric Theater.

In 1985, Harrelson married Nancy Simon, daughter of playwright Neil Simon, in Tijuana. The two intended to divorce the following day, but the storefront marriage/divorce parlor was closed when they had returned to it, and the two remained married for ten months.

On December 28, 2008, Harrelson married Laura Louie, his girlfriend since 1990. The couple have three daughters, Deni Montana (born February 28, 1993), Zoe Giordano (born September 22, 1996), and Makani Ravello (born June 3, 2006). When announcing Makani's birth, the couple referred to the three as their "goddess trilogy". Laura is his former assistant and a co-founder of Yoganics, an organic food delivery service.

Harrelson is a supporter and an activist for the legalization of marijuana and hemp. On June 1, 1996, he was arrested in Lee County, Kentucky after he symbolically planted four hemp seeds to challenge the state law which did not distinguish between industrial hemp and marijuana. Harrelson won the case.

Harrelson is also an environmental activist. He once scaled the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco with members of North Coast Earth First! group to unfurl a banner that read, "Hurwitz. Aren't ancient redwoods more precious than gold?" in protest of PALCO CEO Charles Hurwitz, who once stated, "He who has the gold, makes the rules". Harrelson, an ethical vegan and raw foodist, has also denounced animal experiments in the cosmetics industry.

He once traveled to the west coast in the U.S. on a bike and a domino caravan with a hemp oil-fueled biodiesel bus (the subject of the independent documentary, Go Further) and narrated the documentary Grass. Harrelson briefly owned an oxygen bar in West Hollywood called "O2". He is a peace activist and has often spoken publicly against the 2003 invasion of Iraq. He now lives in San Jose, Costa Rica.

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Michael Ealy

Michael Brown (born August 3, 1973), professionally known as Michael Ealy, is an American actor.

Ealy was born Michael Brown in Silver Spring, Maryland. He attended Springbrook High School and the University of Maryland, College Park. Ealy was involved in a brief relationship with Academy Award winning actress Halle Berry.

Ealy started his acting career in the late-1990s, appearing in a number of off-Broadway stage productions. Among his first film roles were Fast Company and Kissing Jessica Stein. His breakout role came in 2002's Barbershop, in which he plays reformed street thug Ricky Nash, a role that he reprized in the 2004 sequel, Barbershop 2: Back in Business. In 2003, he played the role of Slap Jack in the second installment of the Fast and the Furious film series, 2 Fast 2 Furious. Later in 2004, Ealy appeared in Never Die Alone with DMX. He also appeared in Mariah Carey's music video for her hit single "Get Your Number" from her 2005 album The Emancipation of Mimi.

In 2005, Ealy co-starred in the telefilm version of Their Eyes Were Watching God, produced by Oprah Winfrey and Quincy Jones, and starring Academy Award-winning actress Halle Berry. The same year, he starred in the independent film Jellysmoke, directed by Mark Banning. He starred in the Showtime television series Sleeper Cell, the first season of which aired from December 4–18, 2005, and the second season, Sleeper Cell: American Terror, which aired December 10–17, 2006.

On December 14, 2006, Ealy was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for his role in Sleeper Cell: American Terror in the category Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television.

In December 2008 he was featured in the movie Seven Pounds alongside Will Smith as Ben Thomas. He also starred as the male lead in Beyoncé's "Halo" music video.

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Tim Kelleher

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Tim Kelleher is an American actor.

He grew up in New York, where he studied acting, and founded with some friends a theatre company called The Colony Theatre. Tim Kelleher's career includes many guest appearances on TV shows, and a recurring role in Dark Skies (1996). Tim played in more than two dozen movies, including Independence Day (1996), The Negotiator (1998), Thirteen Days (2000), and more recently, in 2008, Flash of Genius starring Greg Kinnear and Lauren Graham and Seven Pounds starring Will Smith and Rosario Dawson. In 2000 he directed a short movie called, The Skell, starring John Costelloe, David Morse, Paul Giamatti, Nestor Serrano, Dianne Ramirez and Joe Gannascoli. In 2008 he directed Wake-Up Call, a pilot, starring Nestor Serrano, Casey Siemaszko, Adam Ferrara, Peggy Scott, and Amy Schumer.

There is another Tim Kelleher who is a screenwriter (First Kid) and television writer in Los Angeles(Manhattan Beach).Tim has a wife, Beth and three kids,Danny, Jamie, and Tommy. Tim Kelleher is also the name of 30 Seconds To Mars' temporary bassist.

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Chopin vodka

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Chopin vodka is a single-ingredient vodka, 4 times distilled from potatoes grown in the Polish region of Podlasie. It is produced by Siedlce-based Podlaska Wytwórnia Wódek Polmos, which is a subsidiary of the French holding company, LVMH.

Chopin is claimed to be "the world's only luxury potato vodka" by the bottler and distributor Millenium Import Company and Polmos Siedlce. It is named after the famous Polish Romantic composer Frédéric Chopin. It was first introduced to North America in 1997.

Seven pounds of potatoes are used to make each bottle of Chopin. The production is made in small batches and under rigorous quality control, to ensure maximum quality. If a taste sampling shows even a small hint of imbalance, the whole batch is destroyed.

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Sinndar, (born 1997) is an Irish Thoroughbred racehorse owned and bred by HH Aga Khan IV, and trained by John Oxx. He was sired by Grand Lodge covering Sinntara (Lashkari). Sinndar was foaled in 1997, and in 2000 he became the only horse to win the Epsom Derby, Irish Derby Stakes and Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in the same year. He won seven of eight starts, and was only beaten by a head while giving seven pounds in his only defeat. For his performances in 2000, Sinndar was voted Cartier Three-Year-Old European Champion Colt.

Retired to stud, Sinndar stands at the Aga Khan's Haras de Bonneval in Le Mesnil-Mauger in Lower Normandy. Among his progeny, in 2002 he sired Shawanda who won the 2005 Irish Oaks and Prix Vermeille and in 2003 the multiple stakes winner Youmzain whose wins include the Group One Preis von Europa in 2006.

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Connor Cruise

Connor Anthony Kidman Cruise (b. 17 January 1995 in Florida ) is an American actor, and the adopted son of American actor Tom Cruise and Australian actress Nicole Kidman. Connor has an older sister Isabella who was adopted by Nicole and Tom two years before him. He also has two half sisters, Suri from his father's remarriage and Sunday Rose from his mother's remarriage. Connor's step mother is actress Katie Holmes and his step father is singer Keith Urban. Connor's aunt from his mother's side is famous Australian journalist Antonia Kidman. He is cousin to her four children Lucia, Hamish, James and Sybella.

Connor made his acting debut in Seven Pounds as Will Smith's character as a boy.

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