"John Scully's" comic strip that has a farewell every day (drawn and written by Ruben Bolling)

"John Scully's" comic strip that has a farewell every day (drawn and written by Ruben Bolling)
"John Scully's" comic strip that has a farewell every day (drawn and written by Ruben Bolling)
September 19 is the last post for this blog. Thanks to all my readers!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

5 October 2014

Karen Cabrera b. 1995 (State of Desolation)
Wesley Morgan b. 1990 (Kick-Ass 2, Falling Skies)
Glenn McMillan b. 1984 (Power Rangers, Zenon; Z3)
Tiana Benjamin b. 1984 (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire)
Jesse Eisenberg b. 1983 (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Zombieland, The Village)
Noot Seear b. 1983 (The Twilight Saga: New Moon)
Noah Segan b. 1983 (Looper, The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Visitation)
Kate Winslet b. 1975 (Insurgent, Divergent, Contagion, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, A Kid in King Arthur’s Court)
Parminder Nagra b. 1975 (Ella Enchanted)
Valerie Vernon b. 1975 (Power Rangers)
Douglas Emerson b. 1974 (The Blob, Small Wonder, Twilight Zone [1986])
Ehren Kruger b. 1972 (writer, Transformers, Tin Man, The Brothers Grimm, The Ring)
Josie Bissett b. 1970 (The Sky’s on Fire, Quantum Leap)
Jenna Russell b. 1967 (Into the Woods [2011], Doctor Who)
Guy Pearce b. 1967 (Iron Man 3, Prometheus, The Time Machine)
Daniel Baldwin b. 1960 (Grimm, Born of Earth, Vegas Vampires, The Beach Party at the Threshold of Hell, The Invader, Attack of the 50 Foot Woman, Vampires)
Bernie Mac b. 1957 died 9 August 2008 (Transformers)
Neil De Grasse Tyson b. 1958 (Nova)
Clive Barker b. 1952 (writer, Hellraiser, Candyman, Nightbreed)
Duncan Regehr b. 1952 (Flying Virus, Deep Space Nine, Timemaster, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Earth Star Voyager, V, Wizards and Warriors, The Greatest American Hero)
Karen Allen b. 1951 (Raiders of the Lost Ark, Scrooged, Star Man, Terminus)
Jeff Conaway b. 1950 died 27 May 2011 (Babylon 5, 2002: The Rape of Eden, Freddy’s Nightmares, Tales from the Darkside, Wizards and Warriors, Pete’s Dragon)
Sal Viscuso b. 1948 (Lois & Clark, Spaceballs, Amazing Stories)
Peter Brown b. 1935 (Babylon 5, The Aurora Encounter, Knight Rider, Manimal, The Girl, the Gold Watch & Everything, Project U.F.O., Salvage 1, Wonder Woman, Piranha)
Diane Cilento b. 1933 died 6 October 2011 (The Wicker Man, Z.P.G.)
Skip Homeier b. 1930 (The Incredible Hulk, The Bionic Woman, Project U.F.O., The Six Million Dollar Man, Star Trek, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, The Addams Family, The Outer Limits)
Glynis Johns b. 1923 (Batman, Mary Poppins, The Thief of Bagdad)
Woodrow Parfrey b. 1922 died 29 July 1984 (Mr. Merlin, Time Express, Planet of the Apes [TV and movie]], The Girl with Something Extra, I Dream of Jeannie, Bewitched, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Lost in Space, Batman, My Favorite Martian, The Munsters, ‘Way Out)
Donald Pleasence b. 1919 died 2 February 1995 (Guinevere, Vampire in Venice, Phenomena, Frankenstein’s Great Aunt Tillie, Dracula [1979], Escape to Witch Mountain, The Mutations, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde [1973], The Pied Piper, THX 1138, Halloween, Escape from New York, Fantastic Voyage, The Outer Limits, Twilight Zone, Alice Through the Looking Box, 1984 [1956], Nineteen Eighty-Four [TV 1954])
John Hoyt b. 1905 died 15 September 1991 (Battlestar Galactica, The Six Million Dollar Man, Kolchak: The Night Stalker, Planet of the Apes, Flesh Gordon, Mr. Terrific, The Time Tunnel, The Munsters, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, The Outer Limits, The Time Travelers, X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes, The Twilight Zone, Star Trek, The Attack of the Puppet People, Lost Continent)

Last year, the Picture Slot was Neil De Grasse Tyson and this year it's Donald Pleasence. The choices most likely to make me feel like a geezer are choosing a still from an original Twilight Zone or Star Trek episode or choosing the oldest actor on the list. Those feelings worked against John Hoyt today, who definitely has an iconic Twilight Zone role. To be honest, picking Pleasence is just as much of a geezer move, but I always liked him. The blank look he has in the picture could say so much.

Many happy returns to all the living on the list and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.
Movies released
Frankenweenie released, 2012

Predictor: M. John Harrison in The Centauri Device, published by Doubleday, 1974.

Prediction: A space adventure set long after the Rat Bomb wars of 2003-15 destroyed most of Earth, leaving mostly Jews and Arabs to inherit the planet and its space colonies. The story concerns the race to seize the superweapon of the title on the planet Centauri, even more devastated by an atomic war. The hero sets off the device to prevent others from using it, but in the process destroys both Earth and Centauri entirely. An epilogue indicates that civilization continues on other worlds.

Reality: The description is once again lifted from Prof. Paul Brians' nuclear holocaust fiction website and I thank him for it. I admit here that I've never read any of Harrison's stuff, but a nice blurb from Iain M. Banks is high praise indeed. This plot doesn't sound great; maybe I'll try something else of his.

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  1. Is there a case to be made that Memento is also a genre role for Guy Pearce? Also, slight understandable muff on the spelling of his name...

    Bernie Mac certainly doesn't trigger the "wait-he's dead?" reaction for me, because I remember how shocked I was when it happened, and I didn't even watch much of his work; but when I did, i enjoyed it.

    We can never have too many artists, of all kinds.

    1. I did consider Memento, but there are real neurological conditions that weird and weirder still.

      Thanks for catching the spelling error.

  2. Donald P. is a great choice for the pic. And you are quite right, his blank stare says more than most faces in full acting mode. Classic example would be his reaction in Escape from New Yahk when he starts to play the wrong tape at the end. And as much as I like Tyson we shouldn't put too much of him out there, this being 'Murica we have to be careful on how much factual reality and high intellect we display, lest we give certain people the wrong impression. Always on the lookout for the Great White Snark... :-)

    1. Pleasence used the blank look to mean several different things in several different roles, from The Great Escape to Twilight Zone.

    2. There are a couple of MST3K episodes where he used the blank look for pretty much the entire movie. I read it as "this check better clear"....


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