Saturday, July 12, 2014
12 July 2014
Phoebe Tonkin b. 1989 (The Originals, The Vampire Diaries, H2O: Just Add Water)
Mikaela Hoover b. 1984 (Guardians of the Galaxy)
Natalie Martinez b. 1984 (Under the Dome, Death Race)
Kristen Connolly b. 1980 (The Cabin in the Woods)
Michelle Rodriguez b. 1978 (Resident Evil: Retribution, Battle Los Angeles, Lost, Avatar, BloodRayne, Resident Evil)
Topher Grace b. 1978 (Predators, Spider-Man 3)
Steve Howey b. 1977 (Stan Helsing, Ctrl)
Anna Friel b. 1976 (Neverland [TV], Land of the Lost , Pushing Daisies, Bathory: Countess of Blood)
Jaason Simmons b. 1970 (Sharknado, Frankenstein & the Werewolf Reborn!, Frankenstein Reborn!)
Byung-hun Lee b. 1970 (G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra)
Charlie Murphy b. 1959 (Frankenhood, Mattie Fresno and the Holoflux Universe, Night at the Museum)
Mel Harris b. 1956 (Stargate SG-1)
Jamey Sheridan b. 1951 (Arrow, The Stand)
Cheryl Ladd b. 1951 (Charmed, Millennium, The Fantastic Journey)
Brian Grazer b. 1951 (writer, Splash)
Jay Thomas b. 1948 (Dragonfly, C.H.U.D.)
Edwin Neal b. 1945 (Power Rangers, Knight Rider 2000)
Denise Nicholas b. 1944 (Ghost Dad, Blacula)
Bill Cosby b. 1937 (The Meteor Man, Ghost Dad, Journey Back to Oz [TV])
Gordon Pinsent b. 1930 (Relic Hunter, Ray Bradbury Theatre, Blacula, Colossus: The Forbin Project)
James Gunn b. 1923 (writer, The Immortal, This Fortress World)
Buckminster Fuller b. 1895 died 1 July 1983 (inventor)
Edgar Stehli b. 1884 died 25 July 1973 (Seconds, Atlantis, the Lost Continent, Twilight Zone, 4D Man)
Tod Browning b. 1880 died 6 October 1962 (director, The Devil-Doll, Mark of the Vampire, Dracula )
As is often the case, there are a lot of actors on the birthday list who are under 40, given the success of genre in the past few decades. Last year Michelle Rodriguez was in the Picture Slot. The most interesting people on the list for me in terms of genre are the inventor Buckminster Fuller and Tod Browning, the director of the Bela Lugosi version of Dracula. But for an iconic image, I went with Jamey Sheridan as Randall Flagg in the TV mini-series of The Stand.
Many happy returns to all the living on the list and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.
Pacific Rim released, 2013
The Cabin in the Woods released, 2012
Prediction: 12 July 2007: An intelligence agent with the pseudonym Sam Cavanaugh is sent on a mission to inspect a flying saucer crash near Grinnell, Iowa.
Reality: Ah, Heinlein! How I've missed you. We haven't had any flying saucer crashes (at least none the government will admit) and another plot point is a nuclear attack having destroyed Manhattan before the story begins, another moment in history we have so far avoided.
Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!
Back to 1893 for more Victorian futuristic fun, pre-empted from today.
Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!