Saturday, August 9, 2014
9 August 2014
Bill Skarsgard b. 1990 (Hemlock Grove)
Adelaide Kane b. 1990 (Teen Wolf, The Purge, Power Rangers R.P.M.)
Anna Kendrick b. 1985 (Into the Woods, Twilight Saga)
Ashley Johnson b. 1983 (The Avengers, Dollhouse, Roswell, Lloyd in Space)
Rhona Mitra b. 1976 (SGU Stargate Universe, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, Doomsday, Hollow Man, Beowulf, Ghostbusters of East Finchley)
Jessica Capshaw b. 1976 (Minority Report)
Kevin McKidd b. 1973 (Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, Journeyman, The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns)
Liz Vassey b. 1972 (Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, The Tick, The Adventures of Captain Zoom in Outer Space, Quantum Leap, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Superboy)
Ryan Bollman b. 1972 (Star Trek: Voyager, Good vs Evil, The Neverending Story III, Children of the Corn II: The Final Sacrifice, Small Wonder, Starman [TV])
Thomas Lennon b. 1970 (writer, Battle of the Smithsonian)
McG b. 1968 (director, Terminator Salvation)
Eric Bana b. 1968 (The Time Traveler’s Wife, Star Trek , Hulk)
Gillian Anderson b. 1968 (Robot Overlords, The X Files)
Josh Cox b. 1965 (Revolution, Thor, A.I. Assault, Babylon 5, Sliders, Quantum Leap, Freddy’s Nightmares)
Amanda Bearse b. 1958 (Here Come the Munsters, Fright Night)
Melanie Griffith b. 1957 (Cherry 2000)
Adam Nimoy b. 1956 (director, The Invisible Man [TV], Hercules: The legendary Journeys, Early Edition, Sliders, Babylon 5, Star Trek: The Next Generation)
John Varley b. 1947 (author, Eight Worlds, Gaean, Slow Apocalypse)
Sam Elliott b. 1944 (Hulk, Frogs, Land of the Giants)
Burton Gilliam b. 1938 (Sliders, Weird Science [TV], The Terror Within II, Back to the Future Part III, Knight Rider, The Girl, the Gold Watch & Dynamite)
Dick Anthony Williams b. 1934 died 16 February 2012 (The X Files, Edward Scissorhands, Space, The Powers of Matthew Star, Omen III: The Final Conflict, Brave New World, Man from Atlantis)
Daniel Keyes b. 1927 died 15 June 2014 (author, Won 1960 Hugo for the short story Flowers for Algernon and the 1967 Nebula for the novel length version)
Robert Aldrich b. 1918 died 5 December 1983 (director, Twilight’s Last Gleaming)
Leo Genn b. 1905 died 26 January 1978 (The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde [TV movie 1968])
P.L. Travers b. 1899 died 23 April 1996 (author, Mary Poppins)
Good list today. Last year the Picture Slot belonged to Gillian Anderson and she's a perfect fit. The best known role of her career is iconic and in genre and she's a fabulous babe. This year I went with Liz Vessey, here in her Captain Liberty costume from the live action version of The Tick. She's clearly fabulous, but the show didn't take off, sad to say. I have loved every incarnation of The Tick from the comic books to the cartoon to the live action. Heck, I even follow The Tick on Twitter. He once called me chum! (I'm sure he meant "pal" and not "large mass of cut up bait".)
Prediction: This is the age of electricity. Before another decade has passed, electricity will be the prime motor directing the great mechanisms of the world. As for changes in journalism, I fail to see the signs.
Reality: Okay, first the look. He's got the facial hair, the uncomfortable collar, the glasses mounted on the nose with a wire hanging from one side. Thank you, 19th Century fashion.
As for predictions... I sliced away three and half pages of blather about the history of journalism and how the enterprise ran in his day before his first prediction. Even when he gets to the predictions, I trimmed mercilessly. This guy writes like he was paid by the word. He was right about electricity, of course, but in 1893 that was not tough to predict. As for his field of expertise, all that overture and no actual show. Pretty sad, Mr. Howard.
Menahem Golan, producer who formed The Cannon Group with his partner Yoram Globus, has died at the age of 85. His company mainly produced action films, many of them sci-fi or fantasy. among those films are American Cyborg: Steel Warrior, Prison Planet, Captain America , Night of the Living Dead , Cyborg, Doin’ Time on Planet Earth, Journey to the Center of the Earth , Alien from L.A., Masters of the Universe, Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, Beauty and the Beast, Invaders from Mars, America 3000 and Lifeforce.
Many producers who make as many low to medium budget action films eventually get the urge to make something that will be considered award worthy. Golan and Globus never did. Their movies were about fights and explosions and guys with large biceps and the occasional naked woman. I respect him for staying true to his code, no matter how tack that code was.
Best wishes to the family and friends of Menahem Golan. He is never to be forgotten.
Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!
What, another nuclear conflagration? Yep, it's an alternate Sunday and those are the rules around here.
Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!