The date for Back to the Future part 2

The date for Back to the Future part 2
The date for Back to the Future part 2

Saturday, October 25, 2014

25 October 2014

Birthdays
Conchita Campbell b. 1995 (The 4400, Supernatural, Zixx: Level Two)
Will Harris b. 1986 (Galyntine, In Time, Sky High)
John Robinson b. 1985 (Something Wicked, Transformers)
Mehcad Brooks b. 1980 (Creature, True Blood, Dollhouse)
Sarah Thompson b. 1979 (Angel, FreakyLinks)
Mariana Klaveno b. 1979 (True Blood)
Michael Weston b. 1973 (Coma [2012 TV], Gamer, Supernatural, Evil Alien Conquerors, Wishcraft, NightMan)
Persia White b. 1972 (The Vampire Diaries, Angel, Buffy, Weird Science [TV], Last Action Hero)
Craig Robinson b. 1971 (Rapture-Palooza, This is the End, Hot Tub Time Machine 1 & 2, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian)
Michael Soltis b. 1971 (Fringe, 10.5, X-Men 2, Smallville, Taken, Stargate SG-1)
Adam Goldberg b. 1970 (Christmas on Mars, Frankenstein [2004 TV], The Prophecy)
Michael Boatman b. 1964 (Warehouse 13, Quantum Leap)
Melinda McGraw b. 1963 (The Dark Knight, Journey Man, The X Files, House of Frankenstein)
Tracy Nelson b. 1963 (My Stepbrother is a Vampire!?!)
Darlene Vogel b. 1962 (Farscape, Back to the Future Part II)
Gale Anne Hurd b. 1955 (producer, The Walking Dead, Punisher, The Coven, Hulk, AEon Flux, Armageddon, Terminator, Tremors, Alien Nation, Aliens, The Abyss)
Glynis Barber b. 1955 (Highlander: The Return, The Apocalypse Watch, Red Dwarf, Blakes 7)
John Matuszak b. 1950 died 17 June 1989 (The Princess and the Dwarf, Superboy, The Charmings, The Ice Pirates, Caveman)
Mark L. Taylor b. 1950 (Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, Harry and the Hendersons [TV], Alien Nation [TV], Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Innerspace, Star Trek: Voyager, Arachnophobia, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Twilight Zone [1986], V: The Final Battle)
Leigh Christian b. 1945 (The Six Million Dollar Man, Beyond Atlantis)
Anthony Franciosa b. 1928 died 19 January 2006 (Twilight Zone [1989], Earth II)
Peter Dennis b. 1933 (Star Trek: Voyager)
Marion Ross b. 1928 (Colossus: The Forbin Project, The Outer Limits)
Billy Barty b.1924 died 23 December 2000 (The Munsters Today, Lobster Man from Mars, Willow, Masters of the Universe, Snow White, Rumpelstiltskin, Star Fairies, Legend, Dr. Shrinker, The Lost Saucer, Sigmund and the Sea Monsters, The Bugaloos, The Undead, The Bride of Frankenstein)

Whit Bissell b. 1909 died 5 March 1996 (Project U.F.O., The Bionic Woman, Land of the Giants, The Invaders, I Dream of Jeannie, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, The Outer Limits, Men Into Space, Monster on the Campus, The Time Machine, Soylent Green, The Incredible Hulk [TV], The Time Tunnel, Star Trek, I Was a Teenage Frankenstein, I Was a Teenage Werewolf, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Atomic Kid, Target Earth, Creature From the Black Lagoon)
Leo G. Carroll b. 1886 died 16 October 1972 (Tarantula, Topper, A Christmas Carol)

Last years Picture Slot was Sarah Thompson as Eve on Angel, because I'm a Whedonverse nerd and she's a Fabulous Babe to boot. This year, I went with Oh That Guy extraordinaire Whit Bissell. Next year is a toss-up, but the character actor choices are the most likely, John Matuszak, Mark L. Taylor, Billy Barty or Leo G. Carroll.

Many actors on the list have credits in Canadian produced genre TV, but there is only one native Canadian on the list to spot. Answer in the comments.
 
 Five fun facts from 2015!

Predictor: Back to the Future, Part II released 22 March 1989

Prediction: In 2015, there will be a massive number of TV channels to chose from.

Reality: People really do have TV screens that big in their houses, though splitting into six sub-screens is not very common. The screen at the upper right is not just some smutty addition by an Internet photoshopper, that was really one of the options Marty could have chosen. While this is a comedy and many predictions were just there to be amusing, this one is pretty close to right on the money.

Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!

Back to the Future week ends with a date from the first film.


Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!

Friday, October 24, 2014

24 October 2014

Birthdays
Eliza Taylor b. 1989 (The 100)
Daniel and Joshua Shalikar b. 1988 (Honey, I Blew Up the Kid)
Lincoln Lewis b. 1987 (After Earth, Aquamarine)
Oliver Jackson-Cohen b. 1986 (Dracula [2013 TV])
Tim Pocock b. 1985 (X-Men Origins: Wolverine)
Alycia Purrott b. 1983 (Supernatural, Power Rangers S.P.D.)
Katie McGrath b. 1983 (Jurassic World, Dracula [TV 2013], Merlin, Labyrinth [2012 TV])
Jemima Rooper b. 1981 (Atlantis [2013 TV], Frankenstein’s Wedding… Live in Leeds, A Sound of Thunder)
Dave Callahan b. 1977 (writer, Doom, Godzilla)
Amy Bailey b. 1975 (Dominion [2014], Supercollider, Boogeyman [2012 TV], Alice in Wonderland [2010])
James Babson b. 1974 (Solomon Kane, Hellboy, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Children of Dune)
Catherine Sutherland b. 1974 (The Cell, Power Rangers)
Burgess Jenkins b. 1973 (Revolution, Coma, Vault of Darkness)
Raelee Hill b.1972 (Superman Returns, Farscape, The Lost World [TV], BeastMaster [TV])
Raul Esparza b. 1970 (666 Park Avenue, My Soul to Take)
Jacqueline McKenzie b. 1967 (The 4400, Nightmares & Dreamscapes, Deep Blue Sea)
Rick Ravenello b. 1967 (Doomsday Prophecy, Smallville, Seven Days, Nick Fury: Agent of Shield, Creature, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show, Doomsday Rock, Stargate SG-1)
Conrad Pla b. 1966 (Riddick, Alphas, ReGenesis, Mutant X, Lathe Of Heaven, Odyssey 5, Relic Hunter)
BD Wong b. 1960 (Jurassic World, Awake, The X Files, Jurassic Park)
Brad Johnson b. 1959 (Left Behind: World at War, Riverworld, Alien Siege, The Robinsons: Lost in Space, Mysterious Ways, Philadelphia Experiment II)
Douglas Brian and Steven M. Martin b. 1954 (The Addams Family, Addams Family Values)
Martin Campbell b. 1943 (director, Green Lantern)
F. Murray Abraham b. 1939 (Beauty and the Beast: A Dark Tale, Carnera: The Walking Mountain, Thir13en Ghosts , The Darkling, Muppets from Space, Star Trek: Insurrection, Last Action Hero, Journey to the Center of the Earth [1993 TV], BloodMonkey, Shark Swarm, Mimic)
S. William Hinzman b. 1936 died 5 February 2012 (Mimesis, It Came from Trafalgar, FleshEater, Night of the Living Dead)
John Winston b. 1933 (Max Headroom, Star Trek, The Time Tunnel)
Maggie Pierce b. 1931 died 5 April 2010 (My Mother the Car, My Favorite Martian, Tales of Terror)
Clifford Rose b. 1929 (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Doctor Who, Once Upon a Time [1973 TV])
Bob Kane b. 1915 died 3 November 1998 (artist, Batman)
Merian C. Cooper b. 1893 died 21 April 1973 (writer, King Kong, Mighty Joe Young)

Notes on the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot. This list skews fairly young today and quite often, the younger actors do not have what I consider to be iconic roles. But Daniel and Joshua Shalikar The Kid in Honey, I Blew Up the Kid and Raelee Hill might have a chance next year because of my fondness for Farscape. Last year I used John Winston as Lt. Kyle, but this year it's S. William Hinzman in the role role that defined his career, Zombie from Night of the Living Dead. (Not much of a spoiler alert: He kills Barbara's boyfriend in the first scene.) I chose Mr. Hinzman because... well, I think regular readers will know why.

2. F. Murray Abraham: Not as sucky as I thought. Back on a previous blog, I had a competition for which good actor's career sunk the most and F. Murray Abraham won, largely on the fact he was in BloodMonkey and Shark Swarm. But apart from those two credits, there's not a lot more slumming in zero budget films for him. In the past few years, he's back to being in major motion pictures like Inside Llewyn Davis and The Grand Budapest Hotel and TV shows like Homeland and The Good Wife. My guess is he was really hard up for cash but got over it.  Good on ya, Mr. Abraham. 

3. Spot the Canadians! There are two, one who was born in the Great White North and another who emigrated. Answers in the comments.

Many happy returns to all the living on the list and to the dead, thanks for all the memories. 
 
 Five fun facts from 2015!

Predictor: Back to the Future, Part II released 22 March 1989



Prediction: Jaws 19 is promoted with a holographic shark that needs no projector.

Reality: Of course, Jaws 19 is a gag, so I won't grade down on that "prediction". As for the technology, it doesn't exist yet and if it ever does, the skins on the polygons will be way better.

Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!

Still using Back to the Future, Part II for a last prediction this year.


Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

23 October 2014

Birthdays
Taylor Spreitler b. 1993 (Category 5)
Brett DelBuono b. 1992 (Let Me In)
Sophie Oda b. 1991 (The Big Bang Theory)
Amandia Stenberg b. 1998 (Sleepy Hollow, The Hunger Games)
Jessica Stroup b. 1986 (Ted, True Blood, Reaper, The Hills Have Eyes II, Vampire Bats)
Briana Evigan b. 1986 (S. Darko)
Masiela Lusha b. 1985 (Dragonfyre, Blood: The Last Vampire)
Bradley Pierce b. 1982 (Star Trek: Voyager, Doom Runners, The Borrowers, Jumanji, Lois & Clark)
Olatunde Osunsanmi b. 1977 (director, Dark Moon, Falling Skies, The Fourth Kind)
Ryan Reynolds b. 1976 (R.I.P.D., Ted, Green Lantern, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, The Amityville Horror, Blade: Trinity, Big Monster on Campus, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, The X Files)
Kate del Castillo b. 1972 (Grimm)
Grant Imahara b. 1970 (Star Trek Continues, Caper, Team Unicorn, Eureka, The League of S.T.E.A.M., The Guild)
Steve Wilder b. 1970 (Iron Man 3, Charmed, The Journey: Absolution)
Brooke Theiss b. 1969 (Catwoman, They Came from Outer Space, A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master)
Travis Davis b. 1968 died 12 October 2009 (The Big Bang Theory, Friday the 13th [2009], The Chronicle, Space Marines)
Eric Shanower b. 1963 (writer, The Oz universe)
Beatie Edney b. 1962 (Highlander: Endgame, Highlander)
Sam Raimi b. 1959 (director, Oz the Great and Powerful, Drag Me to Hell, Spider-Man 1, 2& 3, Army of Darkness, Darkman, Evil Dead II, The Evil Dead; producer, Xena, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Legend of the Seeker)
‘Weird Al’ Yankovic b. 1959 (Halloween 2 [2009], Amazing Stories)
Dwight Yoakum b. 1956 (Under the Dome, Roswell)
Graeme Revell b. 1955 (composer, Gotham, Riddick, AEon Flux, The Fog, Sin City, Pitch Black, Grindhouse, Freddy vs. Jason, Daredevil, Lara Croft, Red Planet, Dune, Titan A.E., Bride of Chucky, The Crow: City of Angels, From Dusk Till Dawn, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Tank Girl, Until the End of the World, Child’s Play 2)
Ang Lee b. 1954 (director, Hulk)
Ira Steven Behr b. 1953 (producer, Outlander, Alphas, The 4400, Dark Angel, Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: The Next Generation)
Michael Rupert b. 1951 (A Boy and His Dog)
Jason Bostwick b. 1943 (Mutant Species, Future Zone, My Science Project, TRON, Shazam!)
Michael Crichton b. 1942 died 4 November 2008 (writer, Jurassic Park, The Andromeda Strain, Sphere, Congo, Runaway, Looker, Coma, Westworld)
Stanley Anderson b. 1939 (S1m0ne, Roswell, Spider-Man, The X Files, Armageddon, The Shining [1997 TV], RoboCop 3)
Philip Kaufman b. 1936 (director, Invasion of the Body Snatchers[1978], writer, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Right Stuff)
Diana Dors b. 1931 died 4 May 1984 (Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde [1980 TV], Hammer House of Horror, Theatre of Blood, The Amazing Mr. Blunden)
Ted Manson b. 1926 died 1 June 2008 (Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button)
Larry Ward b. 1924 died 2/15/1985 (voice of Jabba the Hutt and Greedo, both uncredited)
Frank Sutton b. 1923 died 28 June 1974 (The Satan Bug, The Twilight Zone, Tom Corbett, Space Cadet)
Harold P. Warren b. 1923 died 26 December 1985 (actor/writer/director, Manos: The Hands of Fate)
Coleen Gray b. 1922 (The Sixth Sense, The Phantom Planet, The Leech Woman, The Vampire)
James Daly b. 1918 died 3 July 1978 (Star Trek, Planet of the Apes, The Invaders, Twilight Zone)
Hayden Rorke b.1910 died 19 August 1987 (Wonder Woman, I Dream of Jeannie, Twilight Zone)
Una O’Connor b. 1880 died 4 February 1959 (The Canterville Ghost, The Bride of Frankenstein, The Invisible Man)

Notes on the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot. Last year I had Greedo from Star Wars in honor of the late Larry Ward. This year it's the title shot from "Manos", The Hands of Fate, with Joel and the bots in the foreground, in honor of the film maker, the late Harold P. Warren. This was not the worst movie MST3K ever made fun of, but it's probably in the top ten. If you question whether MST3K should count as iconic, please don't bring it up in the comments. I've always thought so highly of you and this would spoil it.

As for next year, I might go with Ryan Reynolds from one of the big budget stinkers he's made, but it's more likely to be one of the now deceased actors and a role from 1960s TV, like James Daly or Hayden Rorke.

2. I'll be glad when you're dead, you rascal you. I am truly glad Michael Crichton is dead. I enjoyed his not very scientific thrillers like The Andromeda Strain and Jurassic Park, but late in life he became a strident climate change denier. It was a very disappointing end to his career and I got the feeling the only way he was going to stop embarrassing himself was to die.

He did. I'm glad. I wrote it and I'm not taking it back.

3. Spot the Canadian. Not super obvious, but I think some will get it anyway.

Many happy returns to all the living on the list and to the dead, thanks for all the memories, with the exception of Michael Chrichton.
 
Five fun facts from 2015!

Predictor: Back to the Future, Part II released 22 March 1989

Prediction: Lawyers are abolished! (Click on picture for larger readable version.

Reality: Back to the Future, Part II is an action comedy and the idea of lawyers being abolished is played as a joke and to speed up the plot. Similarly, the hand held roofie was an easy way to write an extra character out of several scenes where the writers didn't see how to use her.

Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!

Another Back to the Future prediction.


Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

22 October 2014

Birthdays
Jonathan Lipnicki b. 1990 (The Little Vampire, Meego)
Kyle Gallner b. 1986 (The Walking Dead, A Nightmare on Elm Street [2010], Jennifer’s Body, Smallville, The Haunting in Connecticut)
John Boyd b. 1981 (Touch, Fringe, Lady in the Water)
Michael Fishman b. 1981 (A.I. Artificial Intelligence, Little Bigfoot 2: The Journey Home)
Layla Roberts b. 1974 (Beowulf [1999], Armageddon)
Saffron Burrows b. 1972 (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Perfect Creature, Deep Blue Sea, Wing Commander, Welcome II the Terrordome)
Spike Jonze b. 1969 (director, Her, Where the Wild Things Are, Being John Malkovich)
Jay Johnston b. 1968 (Men in Black II, Bicentennial Man, Jack Frost)
Valeria Golino b. 1965 (Escape from L.A.)
Suzanne Snyder b. 1962 (Killer Klowns from Outer Space, Return of the Living Dead II, Amazing Stories, Weird Science, The Last Starfighter)
Bill Condon b. 1955 (director, Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Parts 1 & 2, The Others, Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh)
Jeff Goldblum b. 1952 (Cats & Dogs, Independence Day, Jurassic Park, Earth Girls are Easy, The Fly, The Ray Bradbury Theatre, Transylvania 6-5000, Faerie Tale Theatre, Buckaroo Banzai, The Right Stuff, Threshold, Invasion of the Body Snatchers [1978])
John Howard b. 1952 (Mad Max: Fury Road, The Girl from Tomorrow)
Christopher Curry b. 1948 (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Star Trek: Voyager, Starship Troopers, Babylon 5, Quantum Leap, C.H.U.D.)
Annette Funicello b. 1942 died 8 April 2013 (Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine, The Monkey’s Uncle, Babes in Toyland, The Shaggy Dog)
Jim Baen b.1943 died 28 June 2006 (editor, publisher, founder of Baen Books)
Catherine Deneuve b. 1943 (The Hunger, Donkey Skin, The Creatures)
Charles Keating b. 1941 died 9 August 2014 (Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Xena)
Tony Roberts b. 1939 (Amityville 3-D)
Christopher Lloyd b. 1938 (Zodiac: Signs of the Apocalypse, Piranha 3DD, Dorothy and the Witches of Oz, The Witches of Oz, Fringe, Piranha 3D, Jack and the Beanstalk [2010], Knights of Bloodsteel, Tremors [TV], The Tick [2001], It Came from the Sky, Alice in Wonderland [TV 1999], My Favorite Martian [1999], Angels in the Outfield, The Addams Family [and Values], Back to the Future I, II & III, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Amazing Stories, Buckaroo Banzai, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock)
Derek Jacobi b. 1938 (Cinderella [2015], The Golden Compass, Doctor Who, Underworld, Nanny McPhee, Jason and the Argonauts [2000 TV], The Medusa Touch)
Gary Vinson b. 1936 died 15 October 1984 (The Incredible Hulk, The Munsters’ Revenge, Battlestar Galactica, The Next Step Beyond, The Six Million Dollar Man, The Invisible Boy)
Sheila Allen b. 1932 died 13 October 2011 (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, The Prisoner, Children of the Damned)
Barboura Morris b. 1932 died 23 October 1975 (The Dunwich Horror, X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes, The Wasp Woman, A Bucket of Blood, Teenage Cave Man)
James Grout b. 1927 died 24 June 2012 (Cyberzone, The Abominable Dr. Phibes)
Doris Lessing b. 1919 died 17 November 2013 (author, Children of Violence, Canopus in Argos)
Joan Fontaine b. 1917 died 15 December 2013 (The Witches, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea)
Sidney Miller b. 1916 died 19 January 2004 (director, Mr. Terrific, The Addams Family, My Mother the Car, Bewitched, My Favorite Martian, The 30 Foot Bride of Candy Rock)
William F. Claxton b. 1914 died 11 February 1996 (director, The Canterville Ghost, The Night of the Lepus, Twilight Zone)
John Zaremba b. 1908 died 15 December 1986 (The Time Machine [1978 TV movie], Land of the Giants, The Invaders, The Time Tunnel, Batman, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, The Munsters, Twilight Zone, Moon Pilot, Men Into Space, Frankenstein’s Daughter, The Night the World Exploded, Earth vs. Flying Saucers, 20 Million Miles to Earth, The Magnetic Monster)
Constance Bennett b. 1904 died 24 July 1965 (Topper [1937])

Nice long list today, plenty of choices for iconic roles. Christopher Lloyd had the Picture Slot last year and I could have picked him again since it's Back to the Future 2015 week, but we'll get enough pictures of him in the predictions. Did you know he has 191 credits on imdb.com?I knew he was prolific, but dayam! His co-birthday boy Derek Jacobi may be my favorite actor on the list, but iconic in genre... not so much. Jeff Goldblum has lots of iconic choices and is the front runner for next year, though if I get in a Oh That Guy mood, John Zaremba is a great Oh That Bald Guy for people my age.

But with all that hemming and hawing done, you are looking at a picture of Catherine Deneuve from The Hunger because... I am a heterosexual male.

We get a day off from Spot the Canadian! We are Canadian free, believe it or not.

Many happy returns to all the living on the list and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.
 
Five fun facts from 2015!
 
Predictor: Back to the Future, Part II released 22 March 1989

Prediction: The weather will be controlled to the exact minute.

Reality: Oh, sure... humans screwing with the weather. It's more like it's always been, the weather screwing with humans, and it looks like the weather wants to play rougher.

Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!

Another prediction from Back to the Future, Part II which I'm sure we'll see in about a year. (Not.)

Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

21 October 2014

Birthdays
Mark Rendall b. 1988 (30 Days of Night, Time Warp Trio, ReGenesis, Tales from the Neverending Story)
Alex Kew b. 1986 (My Parents are Aliens)
Charlotte Sullivan b. 1983 (The Colony, Alice [2009], Smallville)
Matt Dallas b. 1982 (Life Tracker, Eastwick, Kyle XY, Way if the Vampire)
Will Estes b. 1978 (The Dark Knight Rises, Meego, Harry and the Hendersons [TV])
Nakia Burrise b. 1974 (Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, Power Rangers)
Sasha Roiz b. 1973 (The Day After Tomorrow, Grimm, Warehouse 13, Caprica, The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Land of the Dead, Mutant X)
Melora Walters b. 1960 (The Butterfly Effect, Twice Upon a Time)
Ken Watanabe b. 1959 (Godzilla, Inception, Batman Begins, Space Travelers)
Carrie Fisher b. 1956 (Big Bang Theory, Smallville, Hook, Drop Dead Fred, The Time Guardian, Amazing Stories, Frankenstein [1984 TV], Thumbelina, Star Wars)
Catherine Hardwicke b. 1955 (director, Twilight)
Tom Everett b. 1948 (FlashForward, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Journeyman, Space: Above and Beyond, Eerie, Indiana, Quantum Leap, Max Headroom, Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter, Automan)
Everett McGill b. 1945 (Jekyll Island, Werewolf, Silver Bullet, Quest for Fire, Dune)
Paula Kelly b. 1943 (Peter Pan [1976 TV], Soylent Green, The Andromeda Strain)
Julie Parrish b. 1940 died 1 October 2003 (Captain Nice, Star Trek)
Jack Taylor b. 1936 (Conan the Barbarian, The Vampire’s Night Orgy, Horror of the Zombies, Female Vampire, Doctor Jekyll y el Hombre Loco, Count Dracula [1970], Succubus)
Ursula K. LeGuin b. 1929 (won 1970 Nebula and Hugo for The Left Hand of Darkness, won 1975 Nebula and Hugo for The Dispossessed, won 1991 Nebula for Tehanu: The Last Book of Earthsea, won 2009 Nebula for Powers)
Leonard Rossiter b. 1926 died 5 October 1984 (Alice in Wonderland [1985 TV], 2001: A Space Odyssey)

A relatively short list today and for iconic people to put in the Picture Slot, I count three: Last year's winner Carrie Fisher, this year's winner Ursula K. LeGuin and the front runner for next year, Ken Watanabe. (If I was younger, I might include Matt Dallas, star of Kyle XY.) There are three Canadians to spot and Matt Dallas isn't one of them.

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

 
Predictor: Harold Camping

Prediction: On 21 October 2011, the world is destroyed five months after the righteous have been taken bodily into heaven.

Reality: This is the last time I will take the corpse of Dr. Harold Camping out of the ground and give it some well-deserved abuse. There have been several people who have predicted the end of the world, missed the date and tried again. Camping is the only one I know of who made a bigger media splash after he struck out a few times.

I am mystified by the folks who swallow this stuff. While it does not rise to the level of a mathematical proof, the inductive evidence is overwhelmingly convincing that we are all going to die. There are some folks who would prefer to believe "OMG! WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE!" for reasons unclear to me.

While the cliche is that "sex sells", we see that in politics, "fear sells". A tweet from Gallup this week stated that 16% of Americans believe that either they or a family member will die of Ebola. To me, that seems every bit as dumb as believing in The Rapture, but I don't live in their world and I'm not constantly flooded with the fearmongering. I have breakfast a few times a month at a diner near my house that has CNN on a big TV. While not as scaremongering as Fox News, CNN still wants to keep its viewers alarmed and worried about the world. 30 minutes of CNN every month is more than enough for me, thanks very much.

 
Splash illustration for the rest of October: This is the date, except no substitutes. One year from today, Doc Brown, accompanied by Marty McFly and his girlfriend, travel from 1985 to Oct. 21, 2015. The idea in the first two films is that we get three snapshots at intervals of 30 years, 1955, 1985 and 2015. For the rest of the week, we will get predictions from Back to the Future Part 2 and one from Back to the Future.

Oops, I spoiled my INTO THE FUTURE and IN THE FUTURE gag. Obviously, I have to plan ahead.

I promise to do so... IN THE FUTURE!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Never to be Forgotten:
Lynda Bellingham 1948-2014

Lynda Bellingham, a beloved figure in her native Great Britain, died yesterday at the age of 66 in London from complications from colon cancer. The obituaries always mention that she played the mom on a twenty year ad campaign for Oxo buillion cubes. Americans are most likely to remember her from All Creatures Great and Small and her role on Doctor Who as the Grand Inquisitor in the series that ran in 1986. She was also on Blakes 7, a show whose title feels like it's missing an apostrophe.

Best wishes to the family and friends of Lynda Bellingham, from a fan. She is never to be forgotten.

20 October 2014

Birthdays
Galadriel Stineman b. 1990 (True Blood, Ben 10: Alien Swarm)
Adam Butcher b. 1988 (Wolves, Mirror Mirror, Hell Hounds, ReGenesis, Super Rupert)
Rose McIver b. 1987 (iZombie, Hercules, Legend of the Seeker, Xena, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Power Rangers R.P.M., Once Upon a Time)
Alona Tal b. 1983 (Night of the Living Dead: Origins 3D, Powers, Supernatural, Knight Rider [2009])
Katie Featherston b. 1982 (Paranormal Activity, Psychic Experiment)
Niall Matter b. 1980 (Constantine, Primeval: New World, Eureka, Warehouse 13, Watchmen, Beyond Loch Ness, Stargate: Atlantis)
Sam Witwer b. 1977 (Being Human, Grimm, The Walking Dead, Gamer, Smallville, The Mist, Battlestar Galatica, Star Trek: Enterprise, Angel, Dark Angel)
Sheeri Rappaport b. 1977 (Xena, Little Witches)
Natalie Gregory b. 1975 (The Wizard, Alice in Wonderland [1985 TV])
Kenneth Choi b. 1971 (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Captain America: The First Avenger, Heroes, Roswell, Deep Core, Halloweentown)
Snoop Dogg b. 1971 (Hood of Horror, Bones)
William Zabka b. 1965 (Hot Tub Time Machine, Mindstorm, Python, Interceptor Force, To the Ends of Time, The Greatest American Hero)
Viggo Mortensen b. 1958 (Lord of the Rings, The Road, The Prophecy, Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III)
Danny Boyle b.1956 (director, 28 Days Later, A Life Less Ordinary)
Thomas Newman b. 1955 (composer, Side Effects, WALL-E, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, Finding Nemo, The Green Mile, Meet Joe Black, Amazing Stories, Otherworld)
Bill Nunn b. 1953 (Spider-Man, Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh)
William Russ b. 1950 (Demons, Stargate SG-1, SeaQuest 2032, V, The Right Stuff)
George Harris b. 1949 (Sinbad [2012 TV], Harry Potter, Starhunter, Gulliver’s Travels [1996], Raiders of the Lost Ark, Flash Gordon, Peter Pan [1976 TV])
Alan Ackles b. 1948 (Supernatural, Benji Zax & the Alien Prince)
George Wyner b. 1945 (Touch, Journeyman, Stargate SG-1, Strange World, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, The Postman, Devil’s Advocate, Quantum Leap, Spaceballs)
Anneke Wills b. 1941 (Doctor Who)
Jerry Orbach b. 1935 died 28 December 2004 (Universal Soldier, Deadly Nightmares, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century)
Michael Dunn b. 1934 died 29 August 1973 (The Mutations, House of the Damned, The Werewolf of Washington, Star Trek, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea)
Anton Diffring b. 1918 died 20 May 1989 (Doctor Who, The Beast Must Die, Mark of the Devil Part II, Fahrenheit 451, Circus of Horrors, H.G. Wells’ Invisible Man)
John Anderson b. 1922 Died 7 August 1992 (Quantum Leap, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Starman [TV], Voyagers!, The Greatest American Hero, Project U.F.O., The Incredible Hulk, The Sixth Sense [1972 TV], The Satan Bug, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, My Favorite Martian, The Outer Limits, Twilight Zone)
Rex Ingram b. 1895 died 19 September 1969 (A Thousand and One Nights, The Thief of Bagdad)
Bela Lugosi b. 1882 died 16 August 1956 (Plan 9 from Outer Space, Bride of the Monster, Vampire Over London, Bud Abbott Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein, Zombies on Broadway, Return of the Ape Man, Return of the Vampire, Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man, The Ape Man, Night Monster, The Ghost of Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, Invisible Ghost, Devil Bat, The Human Monster, The Son of Frankenstein, The Invisible Ray, Mark of the Vampire, The Return of Chandu, The Black Cat, Island of Lost Souls, Chandu the Magician, White Zombie, Dracula)

Notes on the Birthday List.
1. The Picture Slot. Plenty of iconic roles to choose from, though from my geezer perspective Viggo Mortensen is the youngest of the iconic actors. Last year, I used Bela Lugosi. Next year I'm really not sure, there are five more good choices to my mind.

2. The Gal at the Door. One of the iconic choices is Anneke Wills, companion on Doctor Who and the oldest living person on the list at only 73 years old. All my best wishes to her.

3. Spot the Canadian! There are a few folks with credits on Canadian produced sci-fi shows, but only one was actually born in Canada. Answer in the comments.

Many happy returns to all the living on the list, especially to Anneke Wills, and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.
 
Predictor: OMNI Future Almanac, published 1982

Prediction: Enormous lasers can do damage in two ways: A continuous beam can cut a hole through nearly any surface and rapid pulses can beat a hole in a target mechanically. The handicap is the enormous amount of energy required. Moreover, using a laser at great distances as planned in the "Star Wars" Strategic Defense Initiative requires astonishing marksmanship. The most practical use would be as an anti-satellite weapon by blinding the satellite's extremely sensitive electronic eyes.


Reality: If governments are messing with one another's satellites, they certainly aren't blabbing to The New York Times. Whenever I read about lasers as weapons, I remember the Gahan Wilson cartoon from ages ago with a mad scientist in the background crumpling up a copy of the Wall Street Journal, while his hunchbacked assistant explains to a visitor "General Electric has beat him out on his death ray and he's simply furious!"

Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!

This week is all about interrupting or regular schedule, or to use the latest jargon I hate, this week is disruptive.

Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!