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The Wachowski Brothers

American filmmakers

Larry and Andy Wachowski
Larry Wachowski born June 21, 1965
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Andy Wachowski born December 29, 1967
Chicago, Illinois, United States

Laurence "Larry" Wachowski (born June 21, 1965) and Andrew "Andy" Wachowski (born December 29, 1967) are American film directors and writers most famous for creating The Matrix series. Photo submitted for public view here http://www. ... Larry Wachowski (born June 21, 1965) and Andy Wachowski (born December 29, 1967) are film directors. ... is the 172nd day of the year (173rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ... Nickname: Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in the Chicago metro area and Illinois Coordinates: Country United States State Illinois County Cook & DuPage Incorporated March 4, 1837 Government  - Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Area  - City  234. ... Official language(s) English[1] Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Largest metro area Chicago Area  Ranked 25th  - Total 57,918 sq mi (149,998 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 390 miles (629 km)  - % water 4. ... Larry Wachowski (born June 21, 1965) and Andy Wachowski (born December 29, 1967) are film directors. ... December 29 is the 363rd day of the year (364th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 2 days remaining. ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ... Nickname: Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in the Chicago metro area and Illinois Coordinates: Country United States State Illinois County Cook & DuPage Incorporated March 4, 1837 Government  - Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Area  - City  234. ... Official language(s) English[1] Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Largest metro area Chicago Area  Ranked 25th  - Total 57,918 sq mi (149,998 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 390 miles (629 km)  - % water 4. ... is the 172nd day of the year (173rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ... December 29 is the 363rd day of the year (364th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 2 days remaining. ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ... The film director, on the right, gives last minute direction to the cast and crew, whilst filming a costume drama on location in London. ... The term writer can apply to anyone who creates a written work, but the word more usually designates those who write creatively or professionally, or those who have written in many different forms. ... The Matrix series consists primarily of three films, The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions. ...

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Biography

The brothers were born to a Polish-American family[1] in Chicago. The Wachowskis jokingly claim to have begun their collaboration as toddlers. Their mother was a nurse and their father a businessman. They went to Kellogg Elementary School, in Chicago's Beverly Area. Both brothers graduated from Whitney Young High School, a public high school known for its performing arts and science curriculum, in 1983 and '85. They weren't seen as stand outs at Whitney Young - students recall them playing Dungeons & Dragons and working in the school's theater and TV program, but they were always behind the scenes. Afterwards, Andy went to Emerson College in Boston. He was a top student in his introductory film class but dropped out because of failing a test says former professor, Claire Andrade-Watkins. Larry went to Bard College in upstate New York. After dropping out of college, both entered the carpentry business, and began to develop their ideas for the Matrix Trilogy. Before entering show business, they ran a carpentry business in Chicago while creating comic books in their free time. [2] Nickname: Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in the Chicago metro area and Illinois Coordinates: Country United States State Illinois County Cook & DuPage Incorporated March 4, 1837 Government  - Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Area  - City  234. ... Beverly, one of the 77 official community areas, is located on the south side of Chicago, Illinois. ... Whitney M. Young Magnet High School, (commonly known as Whitney Young), is a Chicago public school that opened its doors to students on September 3, 1975 as the citys first public magnet high school. ... Dungeons & Dragons (abbreviated as D&D or DnD) is a fantasy role-playing game (RPG) currently published by Wizards of the Coast. ... Emerson College was founded in 1880 by Charles Wesley Emerson as a school of oratory, in Boston, Massachusetts. ... For other meanings of the word Bard, see Bard (disambiguation). ... A carpenter is a skilled craftsman who performs carpentry -- a wide range of woodworking that includes constructing buildings, furniture, and other large objects out of wood. ... A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ...


In 2003, Larry's wife of nine years, Thea Bloom, divorced him on the grounds that she felt there had been dishonesty in their personal and financial lives, and sought financial remedy. Following his separation from Bloom, he became romantically linked to the famous ex-professional dominatrix, Ilsa Strix[2]. For the record label, see Divorce Records. ... A dominatrix (from the Latin dominatrix, meaning a female ruler or mistress; plural dominatrices) or mistress is a woman who takes the dominant role in bondage and discipline, domination and submission or sado-masochistic sexual practices, which are commonly abbreviated as BDSM. The male equivalent is Master. ... Ilsa Strix was a Los Angeles-based professional dominatrix. ...


Style

The brothers admit to a love for telling multipart stories. "Because we grew up on comic books and the Tolkien trilogy, one of the things we're interested in is bringing serial fiction to cinema," Larry explains. "If you could have a film where you don't get to the hour-and-a-half mark and know, 'Okay, here it comes, the big wrap-up,' but instead you have no idea how the movie's going to end, I think that would be very exciting." Andy puts his desire to shake up viewers a bit more bluntly. "We think movies are fairly boring and predictable. We want to screw with audiences' expectations."[2] John Ronald Reuel Tolkien CBE (January 3, 1892 – September 2, 1973) was an English philologist, writer and university professor, best known as the author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. ...


Comic books

Prior to working in the film industry, the Wachowski brothers wrote comic books for Marvel Comics' Razorline imprint, namely Ectokid (created by horror novelist Clive Barker) in 1993. Marvel Comics is an American comic book line published by Marvel Publishing, Inc. ... Hokum & Hex #1 (Sept. ... Cover to Ectokid #1 Art by Steve Skroce Ectokid is a fantasy comic book series published by Marvel Comics Razorline imprint, created by filmmaker and horror/fantasy novelist Clive Barker. ... Clive Barker (born October 5, 1952) is an English author, film director and visual artist. ...


In 2003, they created Burlyman Entertainment and have released comic books based on The Matrix as well two original bi-monthly series: BurlyMan Entertainment is a comic book company created by the Wachowski Brothers. ... The Matrix is a science fiction/action film written and directed by Larry and Andy Wachowski and starring Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano and Hugo Weaving. ...

During Skroce's run on the Marvel Comics series Gambit, he helped create a pair of bounty hunters, the Mengo Brothers (Stanislaus and Gregori Mengochauschras), as adversaries, who resemble the Wachowskis. Shaolin Cowboy #1. ... Cover art by Geof Darrow Geof (Geoffrey) Darrow (October 21, 1955) is a comic artist and designer born in Iowa, USA. He was a student at Hanna-Barbera cartoon studios after studying at the American Academy of Fine Arts in Chicago. ... Doc Frankenstein #1. ... artist Steve Skroce Steve Skroce is a Canadian comic book and movie storyboard artist. ... Gambit (Remy LeBeau) is a fictional character, a Marvel Comics superhero who is a member of the X-Men. ...


Controversy

The Wachowskis are often noted as borrowing very heavily from existing works[citation needed], and are vocal about their inspirations, including comic book writer Grant Morrison and his series, The Invisibles.[citation needed] Morrison has gone so far as to claim that the Wachowskis have plagiarized The Invisibles.[3]. Grant Morrison (born January 31, 1960) is a Scottish comic book writer and artist. ... Cover to The Invisibles (v2) #1. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


Sophia Stewart sued them claiming The Matrix was stolen from her book "The Third Eye". Her lawsuit was dismissed when she failed to provide evidence in a timely manner. Sophia Stewart (aka Zenia Kavala) is the author of a work titled The Third Eye. ...


Transgender claims

Shortly after the release of Matrix Reloaded, Larry Wachowski began to make small public appearances dressed as a woman and going by Lana Wachowski. [3] In his column, published May 30, 2003, David Poland said "Every indication I have says that Larry Wachowski is now in the process of changing his sex. Dressing in public like a woman, taking female hormones and yes, having a sex change operation."[4][5] However, since then many sources have called this into question stating that he is more accurately described as a transvestite than as a transsexual[2]. A clownfish Sex change in animals Some species are known to change sex, including reproductive functions, in special circumstances, such as the clownfish. ... For a discussion of the history and current usage of the term transvestite, see transvestism. ... A transsexual (sometimes transexual) person establishes a permanent identity with the opposite gender to their assigned (usually at birth) sex. ...


In March 2006, the San Francisco Chronicle reported in an article on transgender people that Larry Wachowski "has changed his sex and is now living as Lana Wachowski". [6] Todays San Francisco Chronicle was founded in 1865 as The Daily Dramatic Chronicle by teenage brothers Charles de Young and Michael H. de Young. ... Transgender (IPA: , from trans (Latin) and gender (English) ) is a general term applied to a variety of individuals, behaviors, and groups involving tendencies that diverge from the normative gender role (woman or man) commonly, but not always, assigned at birth, as well as the role traditionally held by society. ...


Filmography

Assassins is a 1995 action film written by the Wachowski brothers and Brian Helgeland, directed by Richard Donner, and starring Sylvester Stallone, Antonio Banderas and Julianne Moore. ... Bound is a 1996 neo-noir film about a woman who longs to escape her relationship with a Mafioso; when she meets the alluring drifter hired to renovate the next-door apartment, the two women begin an affair and hatch a scheme to make off with $2 million of Mafia... The Matrix is a science fiction/action film written and directed by Larry and Andy Wachowski and starring Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano and Hugo Weaving. ... The Matrix Reloaded is the second installment of The Matrix series, written and directed by the Wachowski brothers. ... The Matrix Revolutions is the third and last film in the The Matrix trilogy. ... Animatrix The Animatrix is a major part of the Matrix series, a collection of nine animated short films set in that fictional universe. ... V for Vendetta is a 2006 action-thriller film set in London, England in a near-future dystopian society. ... This article is about the comic book series. ... Alan Moore (born November 18, 1953, in Northampton) is an English writer most famous for his influential work in comics, including the acclaimed graphic novels Watchmen, V for Vendetta and From Hell. ... Cover art for the collected edition of V for Vendetta by David Lloyd David Lloyd (born 1950) is a British comics artist best known as the illustrator of the graphic novel V for Vendetta, written by Alan Moore. ... A film set for release in May of 2008 directed by the Wachowski brothers. ...

References

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ a b c Matrix Revelations: The Wachowski Brothers FAQ (Wired)
  3. ^ Lana Wachowski Creator of the Matrix & Transsexual?
  4. ^ Sex Change for Larry Wachowski
  5. ^ Dave Poland's Hot Button
  6. ^ Veronica Klaus is brassy and confident onstage

Wired is a full-color monthly magazine and on-line periodical published in San Francisco, California since March 1993. ...

External links

The Matrix series
The MatrixThe Matrix ReloadedThe Matrix Revolutions
The Animatrix: Final Flight of the OsirisThe Second RenaissanceKid's StoryProgramWorld RecordBeyondA Detective StoryMatriculated
Soundtracks: The Matrix: Music from the Motion Picture The Matrix: Original Motion Picture Score The Matrix Reloaded: The Album The Animatrix: The AlbumThe Matrix Revolutions: Music from the Motion PictureEnter the Matrix: Original Soundtrack from the Videogame • The Matrix: Path of Neo - Music from the Video Game
Video games: Enter the MatrixThe Matrix OnlineThe Matrix: Path of Neo
Characters: NeoTrinityMorpheusAgent SmithAgentsOracleArchitectNiobeMerovingianPersephoneSatiSeraphTwinsDeus Ex MachinaMinor human charactersPrograms and machines
Locations: The Matrix universeMega CityClub HelMobil Ave.Zero One (Machine City)ZionShips from The Matrix series
Cast and crew: Wachowski BrothersKeanu ReevesLaurence FishburneCarrie-Anne MossHugo WeavingJada Pinkett Smith • Owen Paterson • John GaetaGeof DarrowSteve Skroce
Other topics: The Matrix ComicsThematic motifsMatrix digital rainThe Matrix character namesThe Matrix RevisitedThe Ultimate Matrix Collection • Matrix cell phone • BluepillRedpill
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