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From being named People’s “Sexiest Man Alive” to earning three consecutive Oscar nominations, Bradley Cooper has had quite an interesting career. His big blue eyes have always won over the hearts of swooning fans, but Cooper had to pay his dues for many years to lead up to the critical acclaim he has earned today. With roles such as the distant war hero Chris Kyle in the controversial American Sniper to a struggling bipolar man just released from a psychiatric hospital in Silver Linings Playbook, Cooper has shown a range of acting skills in the last few years that arguably had not been expected in the past.

The 40-year-old actor had his up and downs, starring in minor roles of a diverse assortment of characters. Living past the pretty-boy persona can be a difficult feat but despite Cooper’s own personal struggles, he has far surpassed that, showing the world that he is a capable and talented actor. His days of being the beau to some famous actress are over, and now he is front and center. So here are 10 awesome things you probably never knew about Bradley Cooper.

He Auditioned For Green Lantern
Though talks of Bradley Cooper in the running for an upcoming Green Lantern role are currently traveling through the internet, this wouldn’t be the first time the actor auditioned for the part. Back in 2009, Cooper was a frontrunner against Ryan Reynolds for the titular role in Green Lantern. He told Conan O’Brien on The Tonight Show (via MTV) that during his audition he couldn’t help but imitate Christian Bale’s Batman:
I couldn't not do Christian Bale's Batman when I was doing the audition. I don't know what it was! I put a mask on and the director was like, 'Okay Bradley, be regular and talk.' And I was like, 'Yeah, got it... [in a deep, gravely Batman voice] listen, Sally, we're going to have to take your family away if you don't listen to me!' By the way, that's the worst Batman [impression] ever. I apologize.

He Gained 40 Pounds For His American Sniper Role
For his role as Chris Kyle, Bradley Cooper put on about 40 pounds of pure muscle to resemble the war hero. He had two workouts a day of two hours each and instead of having a year, Cooper only had three months of prep before shooting started. Cooper told Vanity Fair that during his workouts he listened to the exact same playlist that Chris Kyle had when he worked out in between shifts as a navy SEAL. He ate 5,000 calories a day and by the end of his time working out he was able to deadlift 415 pounds for five sets of eight reps. He even learned how to hold and shoot the various weapons Kyle used from former navy Seals who served with him. He kept in character the entire shoot.

He Missed Graduation To Be In Wet Hot American Summer
While Bradley Cooper was finishing up his MFA at The New School, he was beginning his acting career. He had taken some small guest role appearances on TV shows and even served as a presenter for a travel-adventure series called Globe Trekker But his film debut came in the cult classic comedy, Wet Hot American Summer. The problem was that filming happened to be right around the time Cooper graduated. He joked with GQ saying he missed his graduation to “get fucked in the ass by Michael Ian Black”.

He Asked J.J. Abrams To Write Him Off Alias
Bradley Cooper asked J.J. Abrams to write him off of Alias because he thought that he was going to fire him anyway. He explained in his GQ interview that his part grew less substantial as the show progressed and it nearly ended his career. Because of his aggravation, he asked to be written off despite having no future jobs lined up, and within a couple weeks he ended up tearing his Achilles while playing basketball and spend the next year on his couch debating whether or not to quit acting altogether.

His Most Difficult Role Was In The Hangover
For an actor who has played a bipolar man, an experienced war hero, and an FBI agent, it’s hard to believe that Bradley Cooper’s found his most difficult role to be that of a sunglass-rocking teacher named Phil. Cooper told The Guardian that his role in the box office hit The Hangover was actually his most difficult yet. He said:
That guy is so different from me. I'm always amazed by it, actually. When I look at that character on screen, I don't see me at all.

James Lipton Knew He’d Be Famous
James Lipton, host of Inside the Actors Studio predicted Bradley Cooper’s stardom. Not only was he sitting in on the auditions during Cooper’s application to the masters program, but he was particularly drawn to Cooper’s performance. According to Vanity Fair, after Cooper’s master’s thesis performance (which he performed scenes from The Elephant Man) Cooper’s mother asked Lipton what he thought and Lipton responded:
He’s going to go all the way. I never predicted that for any other student.

He Was In Sex And The City And Learned To Drive Stick
Bradley Cooper’s first TV appearance when he moved to New York was in an early episode of Sex and the City where he played one of Sarah Jessica Parker’s hunky love interests. Cooper told The Guardian that upon landing the role there was one very specific thing that it required, “no tongues”. In a Backstage interview, he divulged that he had a big problem with his newly earned role though, in that he didn’t know how to drive stick shift. He quickly went to a driving school in Manhattan, but it didn’t work out too well, and a stand-in had to drive instead.

He Knew He Wanted To Be An Actor After Seeing Elephant Man
Bradley Cooper knew he wanted to be an actor after seeing David Lynch’s The Elephant Man when he was 12 years old. He told Vanity Fair that he was sitting on the red couch in his living room sobbing and aware of the dignity and humanity of John Merrick, even though Cooper himself was still so young. And Cooper actually just recently revived the role of John Merrick in the Broadway revival of the Bernard Pomerance play The Elephant Man.

He Was A Doorman At Morgans Hotel When He First Moved To New York
When he moved New York to study acting at the New School, Bradley Cooper worked nights at the Morgans Hotel in Manhattan. He told Esquire that every night he carried had to carry a bunch matches and as a new guest was welcomed he would have to relight all the votive candles and scurry to the door for them. Many celebrities stayed there as well, and one night he welcomed Leonardo DiCaprio who was hot off his Titanic role, and all Bradley could think about was how different the two actors were.

He’s Super Smart
Not only is Bradley Cooper fluent in French (which has blown up the internet), but he also graduated with honors from Georgetown with an English degree. He told GQ he wrote his thesis on Nabokov's Lolita and he didn’t participate in much drama in high school or at Georgetown but was more of an athlete up until he went for his MFA. Cooper somewhat randomly applied for his master’s at the Actors Studio Drama School in New York almost as a joke but ended up getting in. Even during his acting career he has contemplated going back to school to get his Ph.D. in English and teaching literature.

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Bradley Cooper: 10 Awesome Things You Probably Never Knew

 Dogecoin, ethereum, and bitcoin were all trading lower on the day

Bitcoin sold off sharply Wednesday. The slump represented an acceleration of a downtrend in the world’s No. 1 crypto that had begun over the past 10 days or so, investors and industry specialists told MarketWatch.

At last check, bitcoin prices BTCUSD, 3.11% were changing hands at $38,732,56 on CoinDesk, which is actually a remarkable feat since it touched a session low of $30,201.96 before bouncing back.

Prices of Ether ETHUSD, 5.74% on the ethereum blockchain were off 22% at $2,608.84 after touching an intraday nadir at 1,902.08, and dogecoin DOGEUSD, 4.82% was off 25%, changing hands at 35.8 cents.

When bitcoin sneezes the rest of the crypto complex catches a cold because the dominant digital asset has increasingly become a gauge of sentiment not just in nonconventional markets but as a measure of risk appetite more broadly.

The stock market also saw substantial selling on the day, which abated somewhat by the closing bell. The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.48%, the S&P 500 index SPX, -0.29%, and the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -0.03% suffered a third straight day of losses.

Why is bitcoin crashing?

Don’t call it a crash. Bitcoin is falling, but it's an asset known for volatile periods.

Its current slump isn’t pegged to one single event or piece of news but was instead being blamed on fear, uncertainty, and doubt, or FUD, in the parlance of crypto traders. Fear, at least partly, centered on China’s digital-asset policy. The People’s Republic was reportedly cracking down on the use of digital assets. For veteran crypto investors, such reports aren’t new.

Meanwhile, bearish tweets from crypto enthusiast Elon Musk were also credited with tanking the crypto complex. Musk said earlier this month that he would no longer allow bitcoin to be used for payment at electric-vehicle maker Tesla TSLA, -2.49% until the crypto becomes more environmentally friendly.

Musk had been one of the key reasons that crypto broadly had been on an uptrend, with his tweets on meme coin dogecoin and bitcoin supporting an uptrend in those assets.

Separately, analysts at JPMorgan Chase & Co. JPM, -0.76%, including Nikolaos Panigirtzoglou, make the case that investors in bitcoin were shifting to gold futures GC00, -0.43%, which coincidentally has been seeing steady climbs in recent trade.

“Institutional investors appear to be shifting away from bitcoin and back into traditional gold,” they wrote.

Market participants told MarketWatch that Wednesday’s losses also were being amplified by the use of leverage which was forcing margin calls at some crypto trading platforms.

Complicating matters, some crypto trading platforms, including Coinbase Global COIN, -5.94%, experienced outages that appeared to help put further pressure on prices.

A spokeswoman for Coinbase said that the company’s trading problems have since been resolved.

Will bitcoin prices recover?

Bitcoin and crypto are inherently volatile.

Bespoke Investment Group says that the average drawdown from a record high is close to 50%, and on 69% of all trading days over the past decade, bitcoin has been down more than 40% from its record high.

That said, bullish investors are advocating that long-term investors stay the course or review their original investment thesis before dumping crypto holdings.

Over the course of the past 11 years, bitcoin has seen more than 750 instances where prices saw a daily change of 5% or greater, more than 230 instances in which it swung by at least 10%, and nearly 50 times that it has moved by at least 20%, according to Dow Jones Market Data.


“Correction in the cryptocurrency market is a common phenomenon. It doesn’t mean, however, that a bear market is underway,” wrote Konstantin Boyko-Romanovsky, CEO and founder of All nodes, in emailed comments.

To be sure, past performance is no guarantee of future results but that is what bullish investors tend to hang their hats on when they advocate for long-term ownership of bitcoin and its ilk.

Why is crypto crashing? Will bitcoin prices ever recover? Here’s what traders and investors say


As a recent grad, you’ve probably had at least a couple of experience working in a “real world” office. But the question is, what changes when you’re a full-time employee and not just a summer or semester-long intern?

Lucky for you, we scoured the web for the advice you need to know as you take your first steps into the big, bad workforce.

  1. College won’t teach you about these seven things you need to know about entering the workforce. (Mashable)
  2. Understanding that grammar counts is just one of the many pieces of unconventional career advice you should learn before you start your first job. (Forbes)
  3. Sheryl Sandberg has some great words of wisdom for recent grads just starting to look at the job market. First things first? Banish self-doubt. (Entrepreneur)
  4. Are you really all that prepared for the workforce? Studies show you may not be. (Slate)
  5. Soft skills? Yeah, those are really, really important when you’re starting off your career. (Fox Business)
  6. Forget what you need to do when starting out; here’s what not to do. (The New York Times)
  7. A lot of times new grads forget that there is in fact a transition period between college and the real world. (Quintessential Careers)
  8. Once you get settled in, there are nine things you should do during the first week of your job. (Business Insider)
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8 Crucial Things to Know Before Starting Your First Job


Starting a new job gives me the jitters. Like traveling alone to a foreign country, it's exciting to learn and see new things but also nerve-racking to navigate logistics and interpret an alien language.

I've been on this roller-coaster before and experienced it anew this week as the new editor of Strategy and Careers here at Business Insider. I wondered, how important is that first impression and what can a professional do right from the start to set themselves up for future success?

"The first three months of any new job are an extension of the interview process," says Amanda Augustine, career expert at TheLaddersan online job-matching service for professionals. "From the first day, you need to be on your game."

With nearly a decade of experience advising high-level professionals, Augustine details what the most successful people do that first week in a new job:

1. Be a geek about introducing yourself.

Take the initiative to meet people. Say hello in the elevator, kitchen or bathroom. It will pay off in the end. "It could be a fast-paced culture, and they don't have time to come to you," says Augustine. "Start with the group that's closest to you, the people you're directly working with." It will be in their best interest to get you started on the right foot, since your work will directly affect theirs.

2. Befriend a veteran who can help you navigate politics (and find the pencils).

Learn who the players are, and who's been at your company awhile, Augustine advises. Find the battered veteran who has a good handle on what works and doesn't and can show you around. "Companies have their own language and inside jokes," she says. "Look for the one person to help you decode the acronyms and office politics." Plus, you'll need someone to go to for the silly things. Asking your boss where to find the pencils is a bit below their pay grade.

3. Set expectations with your boss and employees. "Get on your boss's calendar," says Augustine. Use that initial meeting to establish what they believe success will look like in the first week, month and three months. At the same time, if you're in a managerial position, it's important to begin setting expectations with your direct reports. From communication style to office hours, that first week sets the tone.

4. Figure out the coffee situation.

Learning where the coffee is will always be a good strategy for success. It's also important to figure out the unwritten rules of the office that, if violated, make people go ballistic. Who washes the dishes? Which shelves are communal? "In our office, there are several refrigerators, and people get upset if you use the wrong one," says Augustine. "Be a sponge, and watch how people are doing things. There's nothing wrong with asking how to use the coffee maker."

5. Start demonstrating and documenting what you sold the company on.

"Whatever you sold them on in interview, make it your mission to demonstrate that you're going to do it," Augustine says. If you said you were a social media whiz or good with numbers, immediately start revamping the social accounts or making sense of the company's analytics. And start a brag sheet. Keep track of all your accomplishments, major contributions, and when you get positive feedback. You want to get in the habit early and have the information at the ready for future performance reviews and salary negotiations.

6. Get organized to set good habits.

Especially since a lot of new information is coming your way, setting good habits and getting organized from the start will make your life easier down the line. It's also a good time to improve your bad habits. "It's a great opportunity to overcome any challenges or weaknesses from your past," says Augustine. If you've struggled with time management, for example, use that first week to map out how you'll spend each day and begin putting it into practice.

7. Reinforce your new connections on social media.

Once you're officially on the job, it's important to update your title across your own social media platforms and also start following your new company and colleagues. As you meet new people, cement the relationships by finding them on Twitter or LinkedIn. Augustine advises identifying the platform that makes the most sense. Facebook, for instance, is viewed by many as personal, so use discretion.

8. Reconnect with former colleagues.

Perhaps counterintuitively, Augustine says the first week of a new job is the perfect time to reach out to colleagues from your previous jobs. "Go back and reconnect with people at your old company, and ask for LinkedIn recommendations," she suggests. The best time to get referrals is when you're not looking for a new job, she says.

9. Find your go-to pharmacy and take-out lunch spot. Learn your new neighborhood. Do you know where the nearest CVS is? What about where to get a sandwich, take people for coffee or a nice business lunch? "Logistically, you need know where to go get a Band-Aid when you need one," Augustine says.

9 Things Successful People Do In The First Week Of A New Job

These cryptocurrencies should be in your head right now

Cryptocurrencies are the thought in every investor’s mind. It’s a topic that is popping like hot popcorn on every business media outlook, rightfully for its volatile price highs and lows. If you’ve thought about investing in Bitcoins, hold that thought because there are plenty of other cryptocurrencies in the market that have the potential to grow and get your profits. Wondering where to start? This article will answer all your questions


1. Ethereum (Ether)

After Bitcoin, this is the second most valuable crypto coin in the world. It’s more than just a cryptocurrency, the blockchain-based platform that supports Ether is the first one to introduce smart contracts which allow developers to make an application based on it. The transaction speed of Ether is also pretty quick compared to Bitcoin.

Highest spike: $ $4,300

Ether’s price today: $4,249


2. Ripple (XRP)

Ripple was created in 2012 with a unique thought in mind, to solve problems related to international payment transfers. Traditionally, international money transfer takes about a week but Ripple can make it happen in a few seconds. Out of all the cryptocurrencies right now, Ripple is one of the few that is being tested for real-world use. So buying this cryptocurrency will be a wise decision.

Highest Spike: $2.21

Ripple’s price today: $1.4


3. Bitcoin Cash (BCH)

This is not Bitcoin but a part of it. When the Bitcoin developers were unable to alter the changes in Bitcoin’s code, they made BCH. The new codes made Bitcoin Cash faster than Bitcoins.

Highest Spike: $3,721

Bitcoin Cash’s price today: $1,440


4. Cardano (ADA)

Ethereum’s co-founder created Cardano with the ability of smart contracts. Compared to Ether, Cardano has the 3rd most advanced blockchain technology out of the lot, which makes this a secure investment.

Highest Spike: $1.72

Cardano’s price today: $1.72


5. Litecoin

Litecoin was created by an ex-Google employee on the blockchain technology of Bitcoin, but improved. The reason it’s called a ‘Lite’ coin is that the transaction speed is 2.5 minutes, faster than Bitcoin’s 10 minutes. It’s one of the most steady cryptocurrencies for 7 years.

Highest Spike: $364

Litecoin’s price today: $360


6. EOS

Compared to Ether, EOS is a lot more scalable because of its advanced mechanism, a combination of Delegated Proof of Stake and Byzantine Fault Tolerance to verify transactions. This makes EOS the most secure cryptocurrency to make transactions.

Highest Spike: $0.87

EOS’s price today: $0.665


7. Stellar (XLM)

Stellar was created by the founder of Ripple with the same aim to facilitate cross-border payments. Compared to Ripple, Stellar is more decentralized and has strategic partnerships with over 30 banks.

Highest Spike: $ 0.8971

Stellar’s price today: $0.6757



IOTA is the most unique cryptocurrency of all as it uses a new protocol investigation called “Tangle” and not blockchain technology. The biggest advantage of IOTA is the zero transaction fee.

Highest Spike: $5.35

IOTA’s price today: $2.03


9. NEO

NEO has the speed to complete 10,000 transactions per second. NEO is one of the few crypto coins that supports C++, C#, Go, JAVA, making it the programmer’s favorite.

Highest Spike: $100

NEO’s price today: $108.26


10. Bitcoin

No list is incomplete without Bitcoin. The most popular and the highest valued crypto in the world, despite all its cons, if you have the funds to invest, buy Bitcoins. There’s no doubt about its growth as it’s a loyal option for many investors globally.

Highest spike: $60,000

Bitcoin’s price today: $55,593


Bradley Cooper is an Oscar-nominated actor who first made a name for himself on the TV series 'Alias' and went on to star in films including 'Silver Linings Playbook,' 'American Sniper' and 'A Star is Born.'

Who Is Bradley Cooper?

Born on January 5, 1975, in Philadelphia, Bradley Cooper made his television debut with a guest spot on Sex and the City. He then acted both on TV and film, in shows such as The Street and Jack & Bobby and films such as Wet Hot American Summer and Carnival Knowledge. But it was the success of 2005’s Wedding Crashers that took Cooper's career to the next level, with subsequent roles in The Hangover, Valentine's Day and several other films. He's also received Academy Award nods for his work in Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle, American Sniper and A Star Is Born.

Early Life

Actor, director and producer Bradley Charles Cooper was born on January 5, 1975, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. While he has enjoyed a highly successful career on screen, Cooper initially found fulfillment in the kitchen after developing a love of cooking at an early age. "I used to have buddies come over after kindergarten and I'd cook them food. I prided myself in taking whatever was in the fridge and turning it into lasagna," he told Entertainment Weekly.

Cooper put his culinary ambitions aside after graduating from Georgetown University in 1997 with an English degree, instead enrolling in a master's degree program at the Actors Studio Drama School in New York City. While a student there, he landed his first television commercial for a fast-food chain.

Early TV and Film Roles

'Wet Hot American Summer,' 'Alias'

Cooper made his TV debut in 1999 with a guest spot on the popular HBO show Sex and the City. He next appeared in the short-lived drama The $treet, set in the financial world. Around this time, he made his first feature film appearance in the 2001 comedy Wet Hot American Summer. Cooper then returned to television to take on a supporting role in J.J. Abrams's popular spy series Alias (2001-06). For three seasons he played Will Tippin, a journalist friend of covert agent Sydney Bristow (played by Jennifer Garner).

'Jack & Bobby,' 'Wedding Crashers'

During his time on Alias, Cooper made the independent drama Carnival Knowledge (2002) and the thriller My Little Eye (2002). He left Alias in 2003, and appeared in recurring roles on the sitcom Jack & Bobby (2004-05) and the crime drama Touching Evil (2004). Back on the big screen, Cooper played a brutish jock in the hit comedy Wedding Crashers (2005), with Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn.

'Kitchen Confidential'

That same year, Cooper starred in his own television series Kitchen Confidential (2005-06), based on the book by famed chef Anthony Bourdain. The show received positive reviews, but it did not do well enough in the ratings to stay on the air. Not afraid to take risks, Cooper made his Broadway debut in the 2006 drama Three Days of Rain, with Julia Roberts and Paul Rudd.

Commercial Success

'Yes Man,' 'He's Just Not That Into You'

After the success of Wedding Crashers, Cooper landed more comedic film roles. He appeared in the romantic comedy Failure to Launch (2006), with Matthew McConaughey and Sarah Jessica Parker. While that film was met with a tepid response, Cooper enjoyed some box office success with Yes Man (2008), co-starring opposite Jim Carrey. He also appeared in the 2009 comedy He's Just Not That Into You, inspired by the popular self-help book. In the film, Cooper played an adulterous husband.

'The Hangover' and Sequels

Later that year, Cooper further proved his comedic talents with The Hangover. He co-starred with Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis in this buddy comedy. The three actors play friends who travel to Las Vegas for a bachelor-party weekend with their soon-to-be-married pal, played by Justin Bartha. After a night of debauchery, they wake up to find their buddy missing along with their memories of what happened the previous evening. The success of the film led to sequels in 2011 and 2013.

'All About Steve,' 'The A-Team'

Cooper then starred with Sandra Bullock on the 2009 romantic comedy All About Steve, which performed poorly at the box office. His next project fared much better, however, when he played the boyfriend of Eric Dane in the ensemble comedy Valentine's Day (2010), which also featured Garner, Jessica Alba and Patrick Dempsey. Cooper followed up with a remake of the popular television action series The A-Team during the summer of 2010. In addition to Cooper, the cast included Liam Neeson, Quinton Jackson, and Jessica Biel.

'Limitless,' 'The Place Beyond the Pines'

The crossover into more action-packed fare continued with 2011's Limitless, a thriller based on Alan Glynn's 2001 novel The Dark Fields and co-starring Robert De Niro. Cooper subsequently starred in more action roles, such as Hit and Run (2011) and The Place Beyond the Pines (2012)

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