The giant rat spider from Angry Red Planet

The giant rat spider from <i>Angry Red Planet</i>
The giant rat spider from Angry Red Planet

Friday, May 22, 2015

22 May 2015

Birthdays
Molly Ephraim b. 1986 (Paranormal Activity)
Tao Okamoto b. 1985 (Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, The Wolverine)
Lucy Gordon b. 1980 died 20 May 2009 (Spider-Man 3)
Maggie Q b. 1979 (Insurgent, Divergent, Priest)
Ginnifer Goodwin b. 1978 (Once Upon a Time)
Noa Tisby b. 1977 (Charmed, The Island, The 4400, Star Trek: Enterprise)
A. J. Langer b. 1974 (Poltergeist: The Legacy, Escape from L.A., And You Thought Your Parents Were Weird, The People Under the Stairs)
Sean Gunn b. 1974 (Guardians of the Galaxy, H+, 3rd Rock from the Sun, The Specials, Angel, Tromeo and Juliet)
Max Brooks b. 1972 (author, World War Z)
Alison Eastwood b. 1972 (Breakfast of Champions)
Michael Kelly b. 1969 (Man of Steel, Chronicle, The Adjustment Bureau, Fringe, Level 9)
David Holcomb b. 1967 (Spider-Man)
Brooke Smith b. 1967 (American Horror Story)
Mark Christopher Lawrence b. 1964 (Blood Lake: Attack of the Killer Lampreys, Halloween II, Heroes, The Island, K-PAX, Planet of the Apes, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Terminator 2: Judgment Day)
James Lorinz b. 1964 (RoboCop 3, Frankenhooker)
David Schneider b. 1963 (28 Days Later…)
Ann Cusack b. 1961 (The Lost Room, Charmed, Star Trek: Enterprise, What Planet Are You From?, From the Earth to the Moon, Multiplicity, Tank Girl)
Gary Kasper b. 1958 (Bigfoot, My Demon Within, Star Trek: Enterprise, Conan, Batman Forever, Harry and the Hendersons [TV], Space, J.O.E. and the Colonel)
Gary Sweet b. 1957 (The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader)
Mike Muscat b. 1952 (Horrorween, Shamelessly She-Hulk, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Last Action Hero, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Starman [TV], The Clan of the Cave Bear)
Thomas Schlamme b. 1950 (director, Invasion)
Cheryl Campbell b. 1949 (The Sarah Jane Adventures)
John Lazar b. 1946 (Attack of the 60 Foot Centerfolds)
Jack Kehler b. 1946 (The Man in the High Castle, Angel, Men in Black II, The Mating Habits of the Earthbound Human, Sliders, Babylon 5, Waterworld, Deep Space Nine, Tales form the Crypt, Mann & Machine, Strange Invaders)
Michael Sarrazin b. 1940 died 17 April 2011 (Feardotcom, Arrival II, Earthquake in New York, Poltergeist: The Legacy, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Frankenstein: The True Story)
Paul Winfield b. 1939 died 7 March 2004 (Mars Attacks!, White Dwarf, Babylon 5, Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Charmings, The Terminator, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Twilight’s Last Gleaming)
Richard Benjamin b. 1938 (actor, The Ray Bradbury Theatre, Saturday the 14th, Love at First Bite, Quark, Westworld; director, My Stepmother is an Alien)
John Nolan b. 1938 (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight Rises, 1990, Doomwatch, The Prisoner)
Frank Converse b. 1938 (VR.5, The Bionic Woman, The Starlost, The Sixth Sense [1972])
Merry Anders b. 1932 died 28 October 2012 (Women of the Prehistoric Planet, The Time Travelers, The Addams Family, Beauty and the Beast [1962])
Michael Constantine b. 1927 (WW 3, Free Spirit, The Powers of Matthew Star, Electra Woman and Dyna Girl, The Invaders, My Favorite Martian, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, The Outer Limits, Twilight Zone)
Quinn Martin b. 1922 died 5 September 1987 (producer, The Aliens Are Coming, The Mephisto Waltz, The Invaders)
Laurence Olivier b. 1907 died 11 July 1989 (Clash of the Titans, Dracula [1979], The Boys from Brazil)
Arthur Conan Doyle b. 1859 died 7 July 1930 (author, The Lost World)

Notes from the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot. In previous years, the Picture Slot went to Paul Winfied from Star Trek: The Next Generation and a poster from the Indiana Jones movie released in 2008. This year I go with Laurence Olivier as Zeus in Clash of the Titans. I want to be clear that putting someone in the Picture Slot is not a sign of approval for their work. Olivier was very pretty when he was young and may have been great on stage, but on film I thought he was way too hammy. I am much keener on his contemporaries like John Gielgud and Ralph Richardson.

2. Nepotism FTW. Allison Eastwood is the most obvious case of nepotism on the list, but imdb.com made a special point to note that Brooke Smith is the daughter of powerful publicist Lois Smith. While not that well known to the general public, it probably helped her get started. Ann Cusack is John Cusack's sister, Richard Benjamin is married to Paula Prentiss and I don't consider either relationship nepotistic.

3. One unspottable Canadian from the Wait... he's dead category. Michael Sarrazin was born north of the border, but his career took off long before the Canadian genre TV industry came into existence. I also have to admit I wasn't completely aware he was gone when I clicked on his imdb.com web page this morning.

4. MST3K. Merry Anders was in Women of the Prehistoric Planet.

Many happy returns to all the living on the list and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.


Movies released 
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull released, 2008
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian released, 2009

Predictor: H.G. Wells in his 1901 book Anticipations

Prediction: The struggle on the high seas between any two naval powers (except, perhaps, the English and American, who have both quite unparalleled opportunities for coaling) will not last more than a week or so.

Reality: Not even close. Naval struggles in both world wars lasted throughout the duration and the Germans and Japanese held their own for a long time against the British and Americans. While coal was used well into the 20th Century, many vessels ran on gasoline and coaling stations became obsolete.

Big fat goose egg, Herb.

Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!

More incautious optimism from the 1955 book Utopia 1976.

Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!
 

Thursday, May 21, 2015

21 May 2015

 Birthdays

Fallon Brooking b. 1996 (My Super Ex-Girlfriend, The Stepford Wives)Sarah Ramos b. 1991 (Wizards of Waverly Place)
Scotty Leavenworth b. 1990 (Donnie Darko, The Green Mile, Meego)
Deena Trudy b. 1986 (Android Cop, Iron Man 3, Zombie Killer)
Russell Balogh b. 1981 (Jack the Giant Slayer, Captain America: The First Avenger)
Fairuza Balk b. 1974 (The Island of Dr. Moreau, The Worst Witch, Return to Oz, The Craft)
Eduardo Verastegui b. 1974 (Charmed)
Paolo Montalban b. 1973 (Mortal Kombat: Conquest, Cinderella [1997 TV])
Brett Tucker b. 1972 (Thor: The Dark World, Legend of the Seeker, The Lost World, Thunderstone)
Russell Durham Comegys b. 1972 (The Walking Dead, Coma [2012 TV], The Vampire Diaries, The Vampire Diaries, The Punisher)
Nick Cassavetes b. 1959 (The Astronaut’s Wife, Quantum Leap, The Wraith)
Alan Gelfant b. 1957 (Monkeybone, Team Knight Rider, Dark Skies, The Crow: City of Angels)
Kyle T. Heffner b. 1957 (The Burning Dead, Hellborn, Mutant on the Bounty)
Judge Reinhold b. 1957 (The Dead Zone [TV], Betaville, Mindstorm, Big Monster on Campus, Puss in Boots, NetForce, Special Report: Journey to Mars, Adventures in Wonderland, Vice Versa, Gremlins, Wonder Woman)
Al Franken b. 1951 (From the Earth to the Moon, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Superman 50th Anniversary)
Jonathan Hyde b. 1948 (The Strain, Dinotopia, Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story, The Mummy, Anaconda, Jumanji, Supernatural [1977])
Richard Hatch b. 1945 (Alien Hunger, After Hell, The Guild, Battlestar Galactica, InAlienable, Prisoners of the Lost Universe, The Sixth Sense)
Booker Bradshaw b. 1940 died 1 April 2003 (Skullduggery, Star Trek)
David Groh b. 1939 died 12 February 2008 (Evilution, Black Scorpion, The X-Files, Last Exit to Earth, M.A.N.T.I.S., Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Dark Shadows [TV])
Ross Hagen b. 1938 died 7 May 2011 (Attack of the 60 Foot Centerfolds, Dinosaur Island, Droid Gunner, Time Wars, Alienator, Night Creature, The Invaders, Captain Nice)
Richard Libertini b. 1933 (Supernatural, House of Frankenstein [1997], Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Lois & Clark, The Twilight Zone [1986], Popeye, Tabitha, The Bionic Woman)
Alice Drummond b. 1928 (Tales from the Darkside: The Movie, Ghostbusters, Dark Shadows [1967])
Rick Jason b. 1923 died 16 October 2000 (Automan, Manimal, Wonder Woman)
Raymond Burr b. 1917 died 12 September 1993 (Godzilla 1985, The Return, Godzilla [1977], Godzilla, King of the Monsters! [1956])

Notes from the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot. Earlier Picture Slotters were Raymond Burr from Godzilla and Richard Hatch from Battlestar Galactica. In my opinion, iconic in genre other than those two guys would be Fairuza Balk in the Oz movie and the late Booker Bradshaw as Dr. M'Benga from Star Trek.

2. Wait... they're dead? I wasn't completely aware of the deaths of Bradshaw, David Groh or Ross Hagen.


2. Nepotism and not. Nick Cassavetes counts as nepotism. Kyle T. Heffner isn't related to Hugh Hefner and Paolo Montalban is not related to Ricardo Montalban.

3. One unspottable Canadian. Deena Trudy was born north of the border, but her credit list is not filled with genre TV shows.

4. MST3K. Ross Hagen was in the biker flick The Hellcats.

Many happy returns to all the living on the list and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.

Movies released
Shrek Forever After released, 2010
Terminator Salvation released, 2009
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back released, 1980
   
Predictor: Articles from last year

Prediction: Matter will be created from light within a year

Reality:  If you Google "light into matter", there were a bunch of story in May of 2014 that the technology to turn light into matter was just around the corner. I haven't found any more recent articles actually trumpeting the success of the Breit-Wheeler pair production experiments. The question mark after 2014 is still there as far as I can ascertain.

Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!

H.G. Wells will look at war in the 20th Century and show that he still thinks like a guy from the 19th Century.

Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!

 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

20 May 2015

Birthdays
Jack Gleeson b. 1992 (Game of Thrones, Batman Begins, Reign of Fire)
Nathaniel Brown b. 1988 (Enter the Void)
Chad Connell b. 1983 (Beauty and the Beast, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, Lost Girl, Warehouse 13, ReGenesis)
Michaela McManus b. 1983 (Awake, The Vampire Diaries)
Matt Czuchry b. 1977 (Dark Shadows [2005 TV], Jake 2.0, Eight Legged Freaks)
Jason Cermak b. 1977 (Mutant World, Supernatural, Once Upon a Time)
Tahmoh Penikett b. 1975 (Strange Empire, Supernatural, Continuum, Man of Steel, Arrow, Haven, Jabberwock, Mortal Combat, Riverworld, Dollhouse, Battlestar Galactica, Smallville, Stargate SG-1, Dark Angel)
Timothy Olyphant b. 1968 (I am Number Four, Dreamcatcher)
Stephanie Niznik b. 1967 (Lost, Star Trek: Enterprise, Spiders II: Breeding Ground, Star Trek: Insurrection, Sliders, Apollo 11)
Owen Teale b. 1961 (Game of Thrones, Torchwood, Doctor Who)
John Billingsley b. 1960 (True Blood, 2012, The Man from Earth, Star Trek: Enterprise, Angel, Stargate SG-1, The X-Files)
Tony Goldwyn b. 1960 (Insurgent, Divergent, The 6th Day, From the Earth to the Moon, Vault of Horror I, Tales from the Crypt, Ghost, Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI)
Bronson Pinchot b. 1959 (Meego, 3rd Rock From the Sun)
Matt McCoy b. 1958 (Touch, Abominable, Carnivale, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, Little Bigfoot, The Apocalypse, Bigfoot: The Unforgettable Encounter, Star Trek: The Next Generation, DeepStar Six)
Frank Medrano b. 1958 (Torchwood, Fallen)
Dean Butler b. 1956 (Buffy)
Dave Thomas b. 1949 (Coneheads)
Jon Amiel b. 1948 (director, Once Upon a Time, The Core)
Cher b. 1946 (The Witches of Eastwick)
David Proval b. 1942 (Brimstone, The Relic, The Phantom, Innocent Blood, Quantum Leap, The Monster Squad, Knight Rider)
Joan Staley b. 1940 (Batman, The Munsters, Valley of the Dragons)
Anthony Zerbe b. 1936 (Veritas, Prince of Truth, Matrix Reloaded, Matrix Revolutions, Total Recall 2070, Star Trek: Insurrection, Asteroid [TV], The Dead Zone, KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park, The Omega Man)
James McEachin b. 1930 (2010, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, The Six Million Dollar Man, The Bionic Woman, The Invisible Man, The Sixth Sense)
David Hedison b. 1927 (Megiddo: The Omega Code 2, Knight Rider, Project U.F.O., Wonder Woman, The Cat Creature, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, The Lost World, The Fly)
George Gobel b. 1919 died 24 February 1991 (Alice in Wonderland [1985 TV], The Invisible Woman, The Day It Came to Earth)
Peter Copley b. 1915 died 7 October 2008 (The Color of Magic, Doctor Who, Gawain and the Green Knight, Five Million Miles to Earth, The Cosmic Monster)
Gardner Fox b. 1911 died 24 December 1986 (writer, DC Comics)
James Stewart b. 1908 died 2 July 1997 (Bell Book and Candle, Harvey)
Virginia Sale b. 1899 died 23 August 1997 (Slither, Topper [1937])

Notes from the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot. For both of the past two years, I've had pictures of Jack Gleeson from Game of Thrones. Not wanting to repeat myself, there are a slew of actors with iconic roles here, including Tahmoh Penikett for Dollhouse or Battlestar Galactica, John Billingsley on Enterprise, Owen Teale from Game of Thrones, Cher from The Witches of Eastwick, Anthony Zerbe from The Omega Man and David Hedison from Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, but I decided to go with the biggest movie star on the list, Jimmy Stewart from Harvey.

2. Spot the Canadians! If you don't know Dave Thomas is Canadian, you are a hoser, eh? Dean Butler had the just barely recurring role of Buffy's dad and he was born north of the border as well. He's by far the hardest to spot. Our younger Canucks, Chad Connell, Jason Cermak and Tahmoh Penikett, all have credit lists that either hint at their country of origin or shout it from the rooftops.

3. The Guy at the Door. This is one of those lists where we have no one who died young. We have people in their 70s and 80s and David Hedison turns 88 this year and good on him. I have to say, he has this nicely trimmed white beard now and he still looks like a million bucks. The blog is glad to give him special birthday wishes today.

Many happy returns to all the living on the list, most especially David Hedison, and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.


Movie released 
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides released, 2011

Predictor: George Sutherland in his 1901 book Twentieth Century Inventions

Prediction: Just as wheaten bread from being a luxury reserved for the rich has become the staple of food for all grades of society, so fruits which are now commonly regarded as an indulgence, although a very desirable addition to the food of the well-to-do, must, in a short time, become practically a necessity to the great mass of the people generally.

Reality: This is a great reminder of how much life changed in little ways as well as momentous ways during the 20th Century. Sutherland gets full points here and maybe a little bonus for reminding me of John Elfreth Watkins, still my favorite predictor, and his strange obsession with huge fruit.

Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!

Checking in on a prediction from 2014 that said "within a year..." I could say more, but that would be telling.

Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

19 May 2015

 Birthdays
Elinor Tomlinson b. 1992 (Deadly Code, Jack the Giant Slayer, The Lost Future, Alice in Wonderland [2010], The Sarah Jane Adventures)
Lily Cole b. 1988 (The Zero Theorem, Snow White and the Huntsman, Doctor Who)
Catherine Haena Kim b. 1984 (Voodoo Possession)
Erika Jordan a.k.a. Yasmin Yeganeh b. 1982 (Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!, Avalance Sharks, Piranhaconda )
Drew Fuller b. 1980 (Charmed, Vampire Clan)
Terence Yin b. 1975 (Zombie Fight Club, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life)
Claudia Karvan b. 1972 (Daybreakers, Aquamarine, Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, Farscape, The Lost World [TV], Strange Planet)
Amanda De Cadenet b. 1972 (The Hunger [TV])
Geraldine Somerville b. 1967 (Automata, Harry Potter)
Polly Walker b. 1966 (John Carter, Warehouse 13, Caprica, Clash of the Titans [2010])
Sean Whalen b. 1964 (Constantine, All Superheroes Must Die, Lost, Wizards of Waverly Place, Halloween II [2009], Star Trek: Enterprise, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, Men in Black, Lois & Clark, Waterworld, Tammy and the T-Rex, Batman Returns)
Gregory Poirier b. 1961 (writer, National Treasure: Book of Secrets)
Dave Florek b. 1953 (Priest, Ghostbusters II)
Robert Harper b. 1951 (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Creepshow)
Bruce Jarchow b. 1948 (Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show, Weird Science [TV], Meego, Outbreak, The Puppet Masters, Time Trax, Ghost, Scrooged, Big, Somewhere in Time)
Grace Jones b. 1946 (Wolf Girl, BeastMaster [TV], Cyber Bandits, Vamp, Conan the Destroyer)
Andre the Giant b. 1946 died 27 January 1993 (The Princess Bride, Conan the Destroyer, The Greatest American Hero, The Six Million Dollar Man)
Peter Mayhew b. 1944 (Star Wars, Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger, Dark Towers)
Nora Ephron b. 1941 died 26 June 2012 (writer/director, Bewitched [2005])
James Fox b. 1939 (Utopia [2013], Merlin, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Doctor Who: Shada, Gulliver’s Travels [1996], The Road to 1984)
Pat Roach b. 1937 died 17 July 2004 (Starhunter, Kull the Conqueror, Space Precinct, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Willow, Red Sonja, Conan the Destroyer, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Clash of the Titans, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Unidentified Flying Oddball)
David Hartman b. 1935 (The Island at the Top of the World)
James Greene b. 1931 (Doctor Who, Merlin, Dracula [2006 TV], Dinotopia, From Hell, 1990)
Bruce Bilson b. 1928 (director, The Flash [1991], They Came from Outer Space, The Twilight Zone [1986], The Powers of Matthew Star, Quark, Wonder Woman, The Six Million Dollar Man, Bewitched)
David McLean b. 1922 died 12 October 1995 (Deathsport, Kingdom of the Spiders, The Andromeda Strain, I Dream of Jeannie, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea)
Renee Asherson b. 1915 died 30 October 2014 (The Others, Theatre of Blood, The Day the Earth Caught Fire)
Bruce Bennett b. 1906 died 25 February 2007 (The Clones, The Alligator People, The Cosmic Man)

Notes from the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot. This may have something to do with me being a geezer, but I consider three people born in the 1940s as the actors with iconic roles and I have already used two of them. They are Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca, Andre the Giant as Fezzik and this year's Picture Slotter, Grace Jones as Zula. Stories from the set say she didn't really understand the idea of pulling punches and seriously messed up some of the stuntmen.

2. Not really nepotism. James Fox is the brother of Edward Fox. Dave Florek is the brother of Dann Florek. Neither of these situations is comparable to Sly Stallone/Frank Stallone or Ron Howard/Clint Howard.

3. Centenarians famous for something else. Herman Brix was a silver medalist in shot put at the 1928 Olympics. He became an actor under contract with Warner Bros. and changed his name to Bruce Bennett. He was in several of Humphrey Bogart's movies, including The Treasure of the Sierra Madre and played Tarzan in the serials before Johnny Weissmuller took over the role and became a star. He also lived to be 100. Good on ya, Mr. Bennett.

Many happy returns to all the living on the list and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.


Movies released
Star Wars: Episode I – The One We Don’t Like Much released, 1999  
Shrek 2 released 2004
Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith released, 2005


Predictors: The panel of basketball experts at ESPN

Predictions, results and new predictions:
Second round predictions (actual results in parentheses)
Hawks in 7 (Hawks in 6)
Cavaliers in 7 (Cavaliers in 6)
Warriors in 5 (Warriors in 6)
Clippers in 6 (Rockets in 7)

The points scored here, 27 of a possible 40, brings the overall grade to 85 of a possible 120 or 70.8%. If this were a math class, that would be just barely passing, but in predicting supposedly 50-50 events, 70% is actually pretty good. The predictions for the next two series are the Cavaliers in six and the Warriors in five.

Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!

Back to the weekly schedule and our sensible pal George Sutherland.

Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!

Monday, May 18, 2015

18 May 2015

Birthdays
Spencer Breslin b. 1992 (The Happening, Zoom, Wonderfalls)
Luke Kleintank b. 1990 (The Man in the High Castle, No Ordinary Family)
Tabrett Bethell b. 1982 (Legend of the Seeker)
Emmy Robbin b. 1982 (From Dusk Till Dawn [TV], Planet Terror, Sin City)
Eric West b. 1982 (World War Z)
Allen Leech b. 1981 (Primeval)
Matt Long b. 1980 (Helix, Ghost Rider)
Jenn Gotzon b. 1979 (Dragon Day, Hulk)
Saskia Mulder b. 1973 (The Descent)
Cynthia Preston b. 1968 (Ascension, Lost Girl, Carrie [2013], Haven, Andromeda, Relic Hunter, Total Recall 2070, The X-Files)
Nathaniel Parker b. 1962 (Merlin, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Stardust)
Karel Roden b. 1962 (Frankenstein’s Army, Hellboy, Blade II)
Thomas Byrd b. 1960 (Alien Nation [TV], Twilight Zone: The Movie, The Powers of Matthew Star)
Chow Yun-Fat b. 1955 (The Monkey King, Dragonball: Evolution, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End)
Patrick St. Esprit b. 1954 (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Revolution, Super 8, Journeyman, Tremors [TV], The X Files, Angel, Crusade, Beauty and the Beast [1989 TV], Knight Rider)
Gail Strickland b. 1947 (My Apocalypse, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Hyper Sapien: People from Another Star, Starflight: The Plane that Couldn’t Land, Dark Shadows)
Hugh Keays-Byrne b. 1947 (Mad Max: Fury Road, Farscape, Journey to the Center of the Earth, Badlands 2005, Mad Max)
Andreas Katsulas b. 1946 died 2 February 2006 (Star Trek: Enterprise, Babylon 5, Millennium, Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Death of the Incredible Hulk, Alien Nation [TV], Communion, Max Headroom)
Miriam Margolyes b. 1941 (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, Merlin, The Sarah Jane Adventures, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, The Phoenix and the Carpet, Blackadder’s Christmas Carol, Morons from Outer Space)
Diane McBain b. 1941 (Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, Knight Rider, Land of the Giants, Batman)
Dwayne Hickman b. 1934 (Kolchak: The Night Stalker, Dr, Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine, Mighty Joe Young, The Boy with Green Hair)
Robert Morse b. 1931 (Here Come the Munsters, Twilight Zone [1985])
Fred Saberhagen b. 1930 died 29 June 2007 (author, Berserker series, Earth’s End)
Pernell Roberts b. 1928 died 24 January 2010 (Man from Atlantis, The Six Million Dollar Man, The Sixth Sense [1972])
Liam Sullivan b. 1923 died 19 April 1998 (Misfits of Science, Logan’s Run [TV], Star Trek, Lost in Space, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Twilight Zone, The Magic Sword)
Bill Macy b. 1922 (Millennium, Starman [TV], Tales from the Darkside)
James Donald b. 1917 died 3 August 1993 (Five Million Miles to Earth)
Frank Capra b. 1897 died 3 September 1991 (director, It’s a Wonderful Life)

Notes from the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot. In previous years, the Picture Slot went to Andreas Katsulas from Babylon 5, certainly iconic, and Tabrett Bethell from Legend of the Seeker, maybe not as iconic but certainly a fabulous babe. This year it's the late Liam Sullivan from the Plato's Stepchildren episode of the original Star Trek. I'm geezer enough to think any major guest starring role on TOS is iconic. It should also be noted Mr. Sullivan was in The Magic Sword, which got the MST3K treatment.

2. Canadian spotted! Cynthia Preston was born north of the border and she has several roles on genre TV shows produced in Canada.

3. Siblings spotted! Dwayne Hickman is the younger brother of Darryl Hickman. Saskia Mulder is the younger sister of top model Karen Mulder. Spencer Breslin is the older brother of Abigail Breslin. I don't count any of these relationship as actual nepotism, though the Mulder sisters might qualify, given how much more famous Karen is compared to Saskia.

4. Wait... he's alive? I clicked on Bill Macy's name this morning during research, not knowing if he had any genre credits and kinda sorta thinking he wasn't with us any more. Well, he has genre credits and he's still alive at 93. Good on ya, Mr. Macy!

Many happy returns to all the living on the list and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.

Movies released
Shrek the Third released, 2007
Battleship released, 2012

 Predictor: OMNI Future Almanac, published 1982

Prediction: The only major record in track and field that will likely never be broken is Bob Beamon's remarkable 1968 long jump of 29' 2.5", 8.90 meters using the metric system.

Reality: Beamon jumped nearly two feet farther than any human being had ever jumped before and just for extra drama, he did it at the Mexico City Olympics, by far the biggest world stage for track and field. That said, the record was in fact broken by Mike Powell in 1991with 29' 4.25" or 8.95 meters, in a track meet in Tokyo.

Never to be Forgotten: John Stevenson 1923-2015 Mark Evanier, possibly my favorite writer about show business, wrote a piece on his blog about the death of actor John Stevenson, who died on Friday night after a long battle with Alzheimer's. In the 1960s, he started doing voice work and that became his main source of income from that point on, but he did appear in front of the camera in The Invaders and The Six Million Dollar Man. Longtime readers will know that I often don't include voice work in the credits for people's birthday mentions, not because I think it's not important but because I would be typing for hours with some actor's credits. Of all Stevenson's many credits, the three I consider most culturally significant without regard to genre are Mr. Slate on The Flintstones, Dr. Benton Quest on Jonny Quest and the narrator on the 1960s version of Dragnet.

Best wishes to all the family and friends of John Stevenson, from a fan. He is never to be forgotten.

Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!

A report on the predictions from the second round of the NBA playoffs and the predictions for the third round, the conference finals.

Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!
  

Sunday, May 17, 2015

17 May 2015

Birthdays
Leven Ramblin b. 1990 (The Tomorrow People, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, The Hunger Games, The Wizards of Waverly Place, The Sarah Connor Chronicles)
Nikki Reed b. 1988 (Twilight)
Karrueche Tran b. 1988 (3 Headed Shark Attack, The Fright Night Files)
Erin Richards b. 1986 (Gotham, The Quiet Ones, Merlin, Being Human)
Tahj Mowry b. 1986 (Star Trek: Voyager)
Amy Gumenick b. 1986 (Arrow, Grimm, No Ordinary Family, Supernatural)
Derek Hough b. 1985 (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone)
Matthew McGrory b. 1973 died 9 August 2005 (The Devil’s Rejects, Constantine, Planet of the Pitts, Charmed, Big Fish, Men in Black II)
Richard Leacock b. 1968 (Starfall, Stephen King’s Dead Zone, Ultra, Stargate SG-1, Lake Placid, The X-Files, Highlander, M.A.N.T.I.S.)
Hill Harper b. 1966 (Limitless [2015], Parts Per Billon, Stonehenge Apocalypse, The 4400, Steel, M.A.N.T.I.S.)
Paige Turco b. 1965 (The 100, American Gothic, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II and III)
David Eigenberg b. 1964 (Robosapien: Rebooted, The 4400, The Mothman Prophecies)
Dawn Dunlap b. 1963 (Barbarian Queen, Forbidden World)
Bruce Thomas b. 1961 (Kyle XY, Star Trek: Enterprise, Army of Darkness)
Paul Whitehouse b. 1958 (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban)
Whip Hubley b. 1957 (Charmed, Black Scorpion II: Aftershock, Species, Babylon 5, Coneheads)
Bill Paxton b. 1955 (Edge of Tomorrow, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Colony, Spy Kids, Mighty Joe Young, Apollo 13, Predator 2, Near Dark, Aliens, Weird Science, The Terminator)
Peter Hinwood b. 1946 (The Rocky Horror Picture Show)
Al White b. 1942 (Leprechaun 2, Tales from the Crypt, Back to the Future II, The Greatest American Hero, The Munsters’ Revenge, The Incredible Hulk, Wonder Woman)
Grace Zabriskie b. 1941 (The Grudge, Charmed, They Crawl, Armageddon, Galaxy of Terror)
Peter Gerety b. 1940 (War of the Worlds, K-PAX, Wolf)
Dennis Hopper b. 1936 died 29 May 2010 (Land of the Dead, The Crow: Wicked Prayer, Firestarter 2: Rekindled, Jason and the Argonauts [TV], Space Truckers, Waterworld, My Science Project, The Time Tunnel, Twilight Zone)
Ralph Wright b. 1908 died 31 December 1983 (writer, Maleficent, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Peter Pan)

Notes from the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot. A shorter list than usual today and none of our usual extra comment events apply. We have no Canadians, no nepotism, no movies from MST3K, no one whose death hasn't registered in my unreliable brain. (Matthew McGrory was very tall at 7'6" and died young as the very tall sometimes do, but when I see his name I know he's gone.) Earlier Picture Slot winners were the lovely Nikki Reed from Twilight and the hunky Peter Hinwood from Rocky Horror. Not wanting to repeat earlier winners, the choice came down to the two best known names, Bill Paxton and Dennis Hopper, and I chose a picture of Hopper from Waterworld. I am of the opinion that Waterworld, which had its problems in production, is actually watchable and is unfairly lumped in with the famous messes like Heaven's Gate and Ishtar. Then again, I didn't hate John Carter, so these opinions may have something to do with the aforementioned unreliable brain.

Many happy returns to all the living on the list and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.
 
Predictors: Michael Mann, Michael Kozar and Sonya Miller

Prediction: The number of named storms in this year's Atlantic hurricane season (1 June to 1 December) will be be 7.5 +/- 2.7, which is to say 5 to 10 with 8 the most likely.

Reality: In 2013 and 2014, Mann, Kozar and Miller got the correct number within their margin of error. Last year, their best guess was 9 and the actual number was 8. in 2013, they guessed 16 when there were 14 named storms. Their predictions over the past decade have been fairly accurate, except in 2012 when they predicted 11 named storms and there were actually 19.  The blog will check back in early December to see how the prediction panned out.

 Looking one day ahead...  INTO THE FUTURE!

Another Monday rolls around and we once again will look at a predictions from 1982's OMNI Future Almanac.


Join us then...  IN THE FUTURE!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

16 May 2015

Birthdays
Atticus Mitchell b. 1993 (The Colony, My Babysitter’s a Vampire)
Thomas Brodie Sangster b. 1990 (The Maze Runner, Game of Thrones, Doctor Who, Nanny McPhee)
Megan Fox b. 1986 (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Jonah Hex, Jennifer’s Body, Transformers)
Stanislav Ianevski b. 1985 (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire)
Tien You Chui b. 1983 (Contagion)
Joseph Morgan b. 1981 (The Originals, The Vampire Diaries, Immortals, Hex)
Jim Sturgess b. 1978 (Cloud Atlas)
Chris Ackerman b. 1978 (Elektra)
Lynn Collins b. 1977 (John Carter, X-Men: Origins, True Blood, Bug)
Melanie Lynsky b. 1977 (Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, Rose Red, The Frighteners)
Sean Carrigan b. 1974 (John Carter, The Event, Heroes)
Tori Spelling b. 1973 (Smallville, Cthulhu)
Eha Urbsalu b. 1972 (Men in Black 3, Early Edition)
David Boreanaz b. 1969 (Buffy, Angel, The Crow: Wicked Prayer)
Tracey Gold b. 1969 (Arachnoquake, Solar Flare, The Dead Zone, Beyond Witch Mountain)
Brian F. O’Byrne b. 1967 (Flashforward)
Ramon Tikaram b. 1967 (Jupiter Ascending, Vampire Academy, Game of Thrones, Primeval, Speed Racer)
Scott Reeves b. 1966 (Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan, The Munsters Today)
Vincent Regan b. 1965 (Atlantis, Snow White and the Huntsman, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, Clash of the Titans, Black Knight, Invasion: Earth)
Solveig Dommartin b. 1961 died 11 January 2007 (Until the End of the World, Wings of Desire)
Kevin McDonald b. 1961 (Dead Before Dawn 3D, Invader ZIM, Sky High, Galaxy Quest, Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy)
Bruce Norris b. 1960 (The Sixth Sense)
Mare Winningham b. 1959 (Geostorm, American Horror Story, Under the Dome, Mirror Mirror, Torchwood, Twilight Zone, Threshold)
Debra Winger b. 1955 (E.T., Wonder Woman)
Pierce Brosnan b. 1953 (The World’s End, Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, Mars Attacks!, The Lawnmower Man)
Allan Wasserman b. 1952 (Monster Heroes, Big)
Laurette Spang b. 1951 (Battlestar Galactica, Man from Atlantis, Project U.F.O., Gemini Man, The Six Million Dollar Man)
Bill Smitrovich b. 1947 (The Last Ship, Ted, Iron Man, The Event, Millennium, Independence Day, The Phantom, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Splash)
Danny Trejo b. 1944 (Cyborg X, Juarez 2045, The Burning Dead, Rise of the Zombies, Spy Kids, Stargate: Atlantis, Halloween [2007], The X-Files, From Dusk Till Dawn, Anaconda)
Yvonne Craig b. 1937 (The Six Million Dollar Man, Holmes and Yo-Yo, Land of the Giants, Star Trek, Batman, My Favorite Martian, Mars Needs Women, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea)
Jack Dodson b. 1931 died 16 September 1994 (Mork & Mindy, Munster Go Home!)
Harry Carey Jr. b 1921 died 27 December 2012 (The Exorcist III, Back to the Future III, Cherry 2000, Gremlins, Billy the Kid vs. Dracula)
Liberace b. 1919 died 4 February 1987 (Batman)
Barry Atwater b. 1918 died 24 May 1978 (The Night Stalker, Star Trek, The Invaders, Bewitched, The Outer Limits, Twilight Zone)
George Gaynes b. 1917 (Sliders, The Fantastic Four [1994], Altered States, The Six Million Dollar Man)
Henry Fonda b. 1905 died 12 August 1982 (Meteor, The Swarm, Tentacles)

Notes from the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot. All right, this is a heck of a list. Earlier Picture Slotters were Thomas Brodie Sangster from Game of Thrones and Lynn Collins from John Carter, he's iconic and she's really pretty. While the list has some honest to Odin movie stars like Pierce Brosnan and Henry Fonda, I had four excellent choices who are iconic in genre.

A. David Boreanaz as Angel.
B. The late Solveig Dommartin from Wings of Desire. The shots of her on the trapeze make her one of the most beautiful women in film history. Not kidding about this.
C. Danny Trejo, because he's Danny FUCKING Trejo!
D. Yvonne Craig, either from Star Trek or Batman.

I typed =randinbetween(1,4) in Excel. Yvonne Craig won.

2. Spot the Canadians! Atticus Mitchell's resume makes it hard to tell. Kevin McDonald you should know.

3. Nepotism FTW. Tori Spelling. I've already said too much.

4. Happy birthday, not a typo. I was surprised last year when I say George Gaynes turned 97 and I'm just as surprised and happy that he turned 98. Good on ya, Mr. Gaynes!

Many happy returns to all the living on the list and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.

Movies released
Shrek released, 2001
Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones released, 2002
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian released, 2008
Star Trek Into Darkness released, 2013
Godzilla released, 2014

We are getting to that time of year when a lot of summer blockbusters are released.
 
Predictor: Morris L. Ernst in his 1955 book Utopia 1976

Prediction: The population of the United States in 1976 will be 190,000,000.

Reality: It was actually 216,000,000 in 1976, up from 166,000,000 in 1955 when he made the prediction. I have no idea how he lowballed this so badly. The increase from 1935 to 1955 was about 40,000,000, but he was guessing the next twenty years would only see about a 24,000,000 person increase.The average yearly growth rate would have been 0.6% for his number to make sense; it was actually 1.3%.

In his defense (sort of), he was trained as a lawyer and I know several lawyers who are very clever people but who suck eggs at math.

Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!

The regular schedule is interrupted for a prediction about the Atlantic hurricane season.

Join us then... INTO THE FUTURE!