Sunday, December 22, 2013
22 December 2013
Brooke Nevin b. 1982 (Animorphs, Charmed, Smallville, Supernatural, The 4400)
Heather Donahue b. 1974 (The Blair Witch Project)
Dina Meyer b. 1968 (Johnny Mnemonic, DragonHeart, Starship Troopers, Star Trek: Nemesis, Saw III & IV, Piranha 3D)
David S. Goyer b. 1965 (writer, Man of Steel, The Dark Knight Rises, The Dark Knight, Batman Begins, Blade, Blade II, The Puppet Masters, Dark City, Demonic Toys)
Ralph Fiennes b. 1962 (Harry Potter, Clash of the Titans, Strange Days)
Hugh Quarshie b. 1954 (Highlander, The Tomorrow People, Star Wars: Episode I, Doctor Who)
Graham Beckel b. 1949 (Battlestar Galactica, Heroes)
Peggie Castle b. 1927 died 11 August 1973 (Beginning of the End)
Another shortish list today, all movies and TV, all but Peggie Castle still alive. For my money, there are two iconic roles on the list. We could be looking up Heather Donohue's nostrils from her last shot in The Blair Witch Project or we could be looking at a guy with nearly no nostrils, Lord Voldemort. Whatever you might think of Harry Potter as a series, I would argue that He Who Must Not Be Named is the best Big Bad in genre films since Darth Vader.
Many happy returns of the day to all the living on the list and a sad reminder of Peggie Castle, a lovely actress who died much too young.
Night at the Museum released, 2006
Predictor: Ray Bradbury in The Martian Chronicles, published in 1950
Prediction: It's April 2005, and William Stendhal's vision of a house built to the specifics in Edgar Allan Poe's story The Fall of the House of Usher is finished. All copies of the book itself had been destroyed in The Great Fire of 1975.
Reality: There is no good reason this story had to be set on Mars, but it is, so it's included in The Martian Chronicles, a book that is much more a collection of short stories than it is an actual novel. Each of the chapters has a specific month and year as though the story were actually going someplace, but only a few chapters at the beginning and a few at the end make any reference to stories told previously. This story was published before Fahrenheit 451, so we see the early seeds of Bradbury's idea that another great book burning was coming.
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