Friday, August 22, 2014
22 August 2014
Dakota Goyo b. 1999 (Dark Skies, Real Steel, Thor, Ultra)
Jorge Diaz b. 1983 (Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, True Blood)
Jennifer Finnigan b. 1979 (Stephen King’s Dead Zone, Big Wolf on Campus)
Brandon Quintin Adams b. 1979 (The Burning Zone, Ghost in the Machine, Quantum Leap)
James Corden b. 1978 (Into the Woods, Doctor Who, Gulliver’s Travels, Vampire Killers, Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story)
Rodrigo Santoro b. 1975 (Lost)
Kristen Wiig b. 1973 (Paul)
Heidi Lenhart b. 1973 (Crocodile 2: Death Swamp, The Burning Zone)
Richard Armitage b. 1971 (The Hobbit, Captain America: The First Avenger, Star Wars: Episode I – Yes, Yes That One Again)
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje b. 1967 (Thor: The Dark World, The Thing , G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Lost, The Mummy Returns, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea )
Ty Burrell b. 1967 (The Incredible Hulk , National Treasure: Book of Secrets, Dawn of the Dead, Evolution)
Pamella D’Pella b. 1967 (Alien Nation: Millennium, Beauty and the Beast, ALF)
Courtney Gains b. 1965 (Mimesis, Alien Encounter, Halloween , Charmed, Superboy, Starman [TV], Misfits of Science, Back to the Future, Children of the Corn)
Andrew Wilson b. 1964 (Idiocracy, Merlin: The Return)
Lara Harris b. 1962 (American Horror Story, Demolition Man, Monsters)
Mark Williams b. 1959 (Doctor Who, Being Human, Harry Potter, Frankenstein’s Wedding… Live in Leeds, Stardust, The Borrowers, Red Dwarf)
Holly Hawkins b. 1959 (True Blood, Alice in Wonderland)
Colm Feore b. 1958 (The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Beauty and the Beast [2014 TV], Revolution, Thor, Battlestar Galactica, The Chronicles of Riddick, Storm of the Century, Creature [1998 TV], Forever Knight, Beyond Reality, War of the Worlds [TV])
Honor Blackman b. 1925 (Cockneys vs Zombies, Dr. Terrible’s House of Horrible, Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story, Tale of the Mummy, Doctor Who, Jason and the Argonauts, H. G. Wells’ Invisible Man)
Ray Bradbury b. 1920 died 5 June 2012 (author, Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles)
Cecil Kellaway b. 1893 died 28 February 1973 (Bewitched, My Favorite Martian, Twilight Zone, Zotz!, The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, Harvey, The Luck of the Irish, I Married a Witch, The Invisible Man Returns)
Last year the Picture Slot belonged to Ray Bradbury, and when it comes to genre, he bestrides this list like a colossus. I would be completely justified to give him the Picture Slot every 22nd of August. But if we want to talk about bestriding and colossi, we also have Honor Blackman as Hera in Jason and the Argonauts. In 1963 I saw this movie at the Grand Lake Theater in Oakland on a Saturday. The special effects were state of the art at the time and a lot of scenes made a deep impression, the one in the Picture Slot more than most. It's still one of the most memorable times at the movies for me to this day.
Next year is still unclear, but Mark Williams as Arthur Weasley in the Harry Potter series is an early front runner.
Many happy returns to all the living on the list and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.
1990: The Bronx Warriors released, 1982
Prediction: The time of great upheaval will begin in 1958 with the eruption of Mt. Etna.
Reality: Wikipedia lists 1928 as the biggest eruption for Mt. Etna in the 20th Century, with other notable eruptions in 1949 and 1971, no mention of 1958.
Next week is Edgar Cayce's swan song and (spoiler alert) it will be as bad as the rest of his stuff. When I had the idea of putting him on the list, I knew he'd be hit or miss, but I was still surprised by how few hits he had, given that he once had a reputation.
Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!
It's Saturday, so we return to 1893 for bold predictions and bolder facial hair.
Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!