Saturday, March 30, 2013
30 March 2013
Juliet Landau b. 1965
Robbie Coltrane b. 1950
Ms. Landau, daughter of Martin Landau and Barbara Bain, has worked with Tim Burton on genre films and played the eccentric vampire Drusilla on Buffy and Angel. Mr. Coltrane played Hagrid in the Harry Potter films. Many happy returns to both.
Spy Kids released, 2001
Over the next few months, there will be a lot more anniversaries of movie releases. I've set an arbitrary cut-off point of movies making at least $100 million, though I will break that rule for some famous failures and movies from before 1990 will not have to meet that standard.
Prediction: 1990: The “Project Gulliver” automated Mars Rovers land on Mars
Predictor: Ringworld: The Game published 1984
Reality: The first Mars rover landed after this game comes out is Sojourner in 1997.
Our current crop of regular predictors didn't make infinitely many statements, so all of them will eventually come to an end. Here is a new face to get used to, Larry Niven. Niven made a lot of predictions with dates attached, many about space exploration. Technically, he did not write Ringworld: The Game, but it is certainly written with respect shown to his timeline of our progress to other planets and finally to exploring outside our solar system.
Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!
For the next few weeks, the Sunday slot will belong to the predictions from 1988 published in the Los Angeles Times Magazine about the exciting world of... 2013! Tomorrow: robots! Lots and lots of robots!
Join me then... IN THE FUTURE!