Ed Sanders Movies
attained celebrity via his involvement as a contributor to reality shows, but entered show business through a back door. A native of London, Sanders
nurtured dreams of acting glory from the tender age of 11, and at 16 decided to make those dreams a reality -- by learning a couple of specific trades unknown to most in the entertainment industry, trades that would set him apart from the pack. His father suggested carpentry and joinery, and Ed
followed suit with formal training in both arenas. Meanwhile, on the side, Sanders
auditioned for, and landed, roles in commercials and local stage productions. He moved to Hollywood in 2004, and indeed, his long-term plans paid off when the producers of the reality series Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
tapped him to participate in that program. In 2007, Sanders
landed a follow-up program, as the host of the competition-based reality show National Bingo Night
. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi
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Martin Scorsese's adaptation of Brian Selznick's award-winning novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret stars Asa Butterfield, as an orphan boy who lives in a Parisian train station. Sent to live with his drunken uncle after his father's death in a fire, Hugo learned how to wind the massive clocks that run throughout the station. When the uncle disappears one day, Hugo decides to maintain the clocks on his own, hoping nobody will catch on to him squatting in the station.
His natural aptitude for engineering leads him to steal gears, tools, and other items from a toy-shop owner who maintains a storefront in the station. Hugo needs these purloined pieces in order to rebuild a mechanical man that was left in the father's care at the museum -- the restoration was a project father and son did together.
When Georges (Ben Kingsley), the old man who runs the toy stand, catches on to the thievery, he threatens to turn Hugo over to the station's lone police officer (Sacha Baron Cohen, who makes every effort to send any parentless child in the station to the orphanage. But Hugo's run-in with Georges leads to a friendship with the elderly gentleman's goddaughter, Isabelle (Chloe Grace Moretz), who unknowingly possesses the last item Hugo needs to make the mechanical man work again.
~ Perry Seibert, Rovi
- Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen, (more)
The second season of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition finds host Ty Pennington and his terrifyingly efficient team of artisans renovating the houses of even more deserving families than in Season One--all the while keeping both eyes on the clock, in order to complete their job within a very limited span of time. For starters, the team provides its combined talents to fix up the home of the motherless Wofford Family--and in the process encounters unexpected danger in the form of a gas leak. Next, the team comes to the rescue of the Garay Family, who have been threatened with a breakup at the hands of Social Services unless their dilapidated house is immediately repaired. The 12-year-old daughter of the Pope Family is allergic to sunlight, requiring the team to design a house that will not only accommodate the girl but be entirely livable for the rest of the Popes. Lee Ann Womack guest stars as the team fixes up the abode of the Woffords, who have been forced to spend all their money for their daughter's medical needs. The adoptive mother of twin sons needs the help of Pennington and company after the contractor she's hired skips with her money in the episode "The Ali Family", while a woman who has dedicated her life to helping those needier than herself is rewarded with a rebuilt house in "The Mackey Family." The one "normal" child in a family with deaf parents and a blind and autistic son elicits the aid of the Home Edition squad in "The Vardon Family", an episode featuring hearing-challenged actress Marlee Matlin; and next up, a widow who is having trouble raising her kids and making ends meet on her family farm is helped out in "The Elcano Family." In later episodes, the Burns Family try to put their lives together after being cleared of a false child-abuse charge (guesting on this episode is the one-and-only Mr. T; the matriarch of the Brodbent Family, though suffering from AIDS and cancer, wants to convince her children that life is worth living; a widow whose insurance won't cover fire damage wants to move her family out of their tiny shack and into a home with indoor plumbing a real bedrooms in "The Dore Family"; and PFC Jessica Lynch, subject of a spectacular rescue during the Second Gulf War, asks the team's help to fix up the home of the Piestewa Family, whose son was killed in Iraq. Arguably the most tension-filled episode of the season is "The Anderson Family", wherein for the first time in the series' history the team is unable to complete their renovation within the allotted time-frame. And undoubtedly the most frolicsome entry is "The Harris Family", featuring guest appearances by Florence Hendersonand The Muppets! ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
- Ty Pennington, Paige Hemmis, (more)