Friday, May 30, 2014
30 May 2014
Blake Bashoff b. 1981 (Lost, Charmed, Minority Report)
Rachel Stirling b. 1977 (Doctor Who, Snow White and the Huntsman)
Omri Katz b. 1976 (Hocus Pocus, Eerie, Indiana, Adventure in Dinosaur City)
Darren E. Scott b. 1972 (The Tomorrow People, Almost Human, Smallville, The 4400, Andromeda, Jeremiah, Dark Angel)
Duncan Jones b. 1971 (director, Source Code, Moon)
John Ross Bowie b. 1971 (The Big Bang Theory, Dark Minions, Heroes, Charmed)
Idina Menzel b. 1971 (Frozen, Enchanted)
Mark Sheppard b. 1964 (Supernatural, Warehouse 13, Mysterious Island, Doctor Who, Xtinction: Predator X, Dollhouse, Battlestar Galactica, The Middleman, Bionic Woman . Jake 2.0, Deep Shock, Firelfly, Charmed, Megalodon, Lost Voyage, The Chronicle, Star Trek: Voyager, Sliders, M.A.N.T.I.S., The X-Files)
Kevin Eastman b. 1962 (writer, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
James McGowan b. 1960 (Bitten, Total Recall , Warriors of Terra, Mutant X)
Ted McGinley b. 1958 (Wizards of Waverly Place, Space Case)
Colm Meaney b. 1953 (Alice, Stargate: Atlantis, Zenon: Z3, The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: The Next Generation)
Stephen Toblowsky b. 1951 (The Time Traveler’s Wife, Heroes, Stephen King’s Dead Zone, Lloyd in Space, The Day the World Ended, Roswell, Dead Last, Buffy, Groundhog Day, Memoirs of an Invisible Man, Spaceballs, The Philadelphia Experiment)
Michael Piller b. 1948 died 11/1/2005 (writer, Stephen King’s Dead Zone, Star Trek, Hard Time on Planet Earth)
Deanna Lund b. 1937 (Transylvania Twist, Superstition 2, Elves, The Incredible Hulk, Land of the Giants, Batman, Dimension 5)
Keir Dullea b. 1936 (Space Station 76, Alien Hunter, Witchblade, 2010, The Next One, Brain Waves, Brave New World, The Starlost, 2001: A Space Odyssey)
Ruta Lee b. 1935 (Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue, Pterodactyl Woman from Beverly Hills, Mork & Mindy, Doomsday Machine, Twilight Zone, Adventures of Superman)
Clint Walker b. 1927 (The Serpent Warriors, Deadly Harvest, Snowbeast, Killdozer, Scream of the Wolf)
Hal Clement b. 1922 died 29 October 2003 (writer, Mission of Gravity, Star Light)
Franklin J. Schaffner b. 1920 died 2 July 1989 (director, The Boys from Brazil, Planet of the Apes)
Hugh Griffith b. 1912 died 14 May 1980 (Legend of the Werewolf, The Last Days of Man on Earth, Dr. Phibes Rises Again, The Abominable Dr. Phibes)
Mel Blanc b. 1908 died 10 July 1989 (over 1,000 credits, almost all voice work, most notable genre work, The Jetsons, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Duck Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century, The Phantom Tollbooth)
Howard Hawks b. 1896 died 26 December 1977 (director [uncredited], The Thing from Another World)
Long list with some big names today. Last year I put Colm Meaney in the Picture Slot, certainly iconic, and this year it's Keir Dullea from 2001: A Space Odyssey. I'll be honest and admit I didn't love 2001. My favorite Kubrick film is Dr. Strangelove and I don't even care what my second favorite is. That said, 2001 is every bit as important as Twilight Zone, Star Trek and Star Wars is in the history of sci-fi on film. This was a time when a studio committed to making a big budget "serious" sci-fi film that wasn't aimed at kids in any way. Of the sci-fi made before this, I would say Fahrenheit 451 also qualifies, with Truffaut having the same kind of cache as Kubrick. The difference between them looking back now from nearly a half century is that 2001 is still considered iconic and Fahrenheit 451 is largely forgotten.
Many happy returns to the living on the list and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.
Predictor: Edward Bellamy in his 1888 novel Looking Backward (2000 to 1887)
Prediction: On 30 May 1887, Julian West falls into a coma, only to awaken in the Boston of the year 2000.
Reality: I don't want to make the prediction section of the blog a Greatest Hits collection. The stuff after the birthday list should feel as fresh as possible every day. But some of the predictions I think bear repeating, like a couple tips of the hat to George Orwell each year and a growing list of stuff from Back to the Future II leading up to 2015, the year it is supposed to take place. Edward Bellamy's Looking Backward also gets this kind of treatment, in part because it spawned a rash of books that came up with their version of the future in response to Bellamy's success and because writers for years after, including Orwell and H.G. Wells and Jack London, listed Bellamy as an influence, though they weren't often kind. (The book has no plot, it's just a list of marvels the future will bring.)
Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!
Saturday means another trip back to 1893, this time with somewhat understated facial hair.
Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!