Saturday, October 26, 2013
26 October 2013
Seth MacFarlane b. 1973 (Ted, Fututrama, Star Trek:Enterprise)
Rupert Wyatt b. 1973 (director, Rise of the Planet of the Apes)
David Eick b. 1968 (producer, Battlestar Galactica, The Bionic Woman, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys)
Cary Elwes b. 1962 (The X Files, From the Earth to the Moon, Ella Enchanted, Dracula )
Patrick Breen b. 1960 (Galaxy Quest, Men in Black, Angel)
Julie Dawn Cole b. 1957 (Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory)
Roger Allan b. 1953 (V for Vendetta, Pirates of the Caribbean, Game of Thrones)
Bob Hoskins b. 1942 (Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Brazil)
Kenneth Johnson b. 1942 (writer, V, Alien Nation, The Incredible Hulk, The Bionic Woman, The Six Million Dollar Man)
Jackie Coogan b. 1914 died 1 March 1984 (The Addams Family)
Fred Graham b. 1908 died 10 October 1979 (The Giant Gila Monster)
Long list of birthdays today, folks on both sides of the camera. Though there are better known names, my feeling was that for genre work, it was either Uncle Fester or Veruca Salt. I flipped a coin.
I'd also like to give a shout out to Kenneth Johnson. If filmed sci-fi was just going to be space stories, it would eventually start feeling "all the same". He had big success with The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman, and in terms of influence on today's entertainment industry, The Incredible Hulk was the first successful transfer of a Marvel Comics character to the screen. These days, Marvel dominates DC, but back in the 1970s, Marvel had nothing that could compare to the successes of Batman or Wonder Woman on TV or the big screen success of Superman that would come out a year after The Incredible Hulk.
Many happy returns to the living on this list.
Cloud Atlas, released 2012
People mock M. Night Shyamalan for the big drop-off in quality and fan interest in his movies since The Sixth Sense and Signs, and rightly so. But when it comes to putting butts in seats, the Wachowskis post-Matrix career is actually worse.
Predictor: Back to the Future, released 3 July 1985
Reality: This movie was technically predicting the future, but only three months ahead. As you probably know, mankind has not ironed out all the bugs in the flux capacitor. And regardless of the era, a DeLorean is going to stand out like a sore thumb.
Looking on day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!
One last prediction from Back to the Future, Part II, then we return to our regular weekly schedule.
Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!