Saturday, April 18, 2015
18 April 2015
Mia Stallard b. 1996 (Paul, The Eye, Undead of Alive: A Zombedy)
Chloe Bennet b. 1992 (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.)
Britt Robertson b. 1990 (Tomorrowland, Under the Dome, Power Rangers Time Force)
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley b. 1987 (Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Mad Max: Fury Road )
Laura Mennell b. 1980 (Haven, Alphas, Smallville, Supernatural, Fringe, Eureka, Watchmen, Flash Gordon [TV], Fallen, The 4400, Stargate: Atlantis, Andromeda, Millennium)
Ethan Cohn b. 1979 (Intelligence, The Amazing Spider-Man, Alice in Wonderland , Heroes, Lady in the Water)
Bryce Johnson b. 1977 (Supernatural)
Melissa Joan Hart b. 1976 (Sabrina, the Teenage Witch)
Martin Papazian b. 1976 (The Amazing Spider-Man, Bats: Human Harvest, Supernatural, The Island, Charmed)
Sean Maguire b. 1976 (Once Upon a Time, Krod Mandoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire, Prince Charming)
Edgar Wright b. 1974 (director, The World’s End, Shaun of the Dead)
Eli Roth b. 1972 (Clown, Piranha 3D, Southland Tales, Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV, The Lost World: Jurassic Park)
David Tennant b. 1971 (Doctor Who, Fright Night, The Sarah Jane Adventures, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, The Quatermass Experiment )
David Hewlett b. 1968 (Time Machine: Rise of the Morlocks, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Stargate, Splice, Mutant X, Cube, Forever Knight, My Secret Identity)
Luis Albert Acevedo b. 1968 (From Dusk Till Dawn [TV], The Invisible Man )
Maria Bello b. 1967 (Demonic, Touch, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor)
Camille Coduri b. 1965 (Doctor Who)
Eric McCormack b. 1963 (Alien Trespass, The Andromeda Strain, Free Enterprise, Highlander [TV], The Lost World)
Benedict Taylor b. 1960 (Star Wars: Episode I, The Watcher in the Woods)
Karen Mayo-Chandler b. 1958 died 11 July 2006 (Dark Planet, 976-Evil II, Explorers)
Melody Thomas Scott b. 1956 (Piranha, The Fury, The Car)
Eric Roberts b. 1956 (Sharktopus, Heroes, Pandemic, Witchblade, The Dark Knight, Doctor Who, so much low budget crap I can’t even count it all)
Rick Moranis b. 1953 (Honey, I Shrunk the Kids and sequels, Spaceballs, Ghostbusters, Little Shop of Horrors)
James Woods b. 1947 (Coma [2012 TV], Vampires , Contact, Cat’s Eye, Videodrome)
Cindy Pickett b. 1947 (Star Trek Equinox: The Night of Time, Sleepwalkers, DeepStar Six, Amerika)
Robert Hooks b. 1937 (M.A.N.T.I.S., The Flash, V , Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Time Express)
Arlene Martel b. 1936 died 12 August 2014 (Battlestar Galactica , Dracula’s Dog, The Six Million Dollar Man, Bewitched, Star Trek, I Dream of Jeannie, My Favorite Martian, The Outer Limits, Twilight Zone)
James Drury b. 1934 (Men Into Space, Forbidden Planet)
Clive Revill b. 1930 (Lois & Clark, Dracula: Dead and Loving It, Babylon 5, Star Trek: The Next Generation, C.H.U.D. II, Rumplestiltskin, Twilight Zone , Wizards and Warriors, Death Ray 2000, The Empire Strikes Back, One of Our Dinosaurs is Missing, The Little Prince, The Legend of Hell House)
Gunter Meisner b. 1926 died 5 December 1994 (Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, The Boys from Brazil)
Bob Hastings b. 1925 died 30 June 2014 (The Greatest American Hero, The Munsters’ Revenge, The Incredible Hulk, Wonder Woman, The Amazing Spider-Man [TV], Kolchak: The Night Stalker, I Dream of Jeannie, The Bamboo Saucer, Batman [TV], The Munsters, Twilight Zone, Moon Pilot, Atom Squad, Captain Video and his Video Rangers)
Nigel Kneale b. 1922 died 29 October 2006 (author, Quatermass)
Frank R. Paul b. 1884 died 29 June 1963 (artist)
Noble Johnson b. 1881 died 9 January 1978 (Lost Horizon, She, The Son of Kong, King Kong, The Mummy, The Mysterious Dr. Fu Manchu, The Thief of Bagdad)
Notes from the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot. In previous years, the Picture Slot belonged to David Tennant and artwork be Frank R. Paul. We also have two people who have had Never to be Forgotten posts, Bob Hastings and Arlene Martel. Other iconic choices include Rick Moranis from Spaceballs or Ghostbusters, Laura Mennel from Alphas, Melissa Joan Hart as Sabrina or maybe James Woods simply because of recognition value, but instead I went Whedonverse nerd and chose Chloe Bennett from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. I wasn't aware that her earlier career was as a Chinese language pop princess. I am clearly not in the demographic.
2. Nepotism FTW. Should siblings count as nepotism? If one is way more famous than the other, like Sylvester and Frank Stallone, I would say yes. On the other hand, Eric Roberts was in the business before his sister Julia, and while she is an A-list star, Eric Roberts currently has 378 credits on imdb.com, which is an insane number.
He has more credits listed as "completed" but still not released than other people on today's list have credits.
He has more credits than John Carradine did in his entire career.
I brought this up last year on his birthday and I still can't quite wrap my head around it.
3. Three Canadians, one pre-spotted for your convenience. Eric McCormack from Will & Grace is Canadian, though his credit list doesn't make that clear. There are two other Canadians that I think folks should be able to spot, so I will leave it as an exercise to the reader to find them.
Many happy returns to all the living on the list and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.
Prediction: The standard work week in 1976 will be 30 hours.
Reality: Yeah, um... no.
Meet Morris L. Ernst, our latest regular. Most of his predictions are based on this first incorrect prediction, contemplating how Americans will use all this newly earned free time. Mr. Ernst is a snob and a scold and believes society as a whole will do Good Things with the extra ten hours a week, not Bad Things. We will learn more about his definitions of Good and Bad in the months to come. Suffice it to say, I don't think Ernst and I would have been pals.
The top of his resume looks pretty good to a lefty like me, as Ernst is the founder of the American Civil Liberties Union. The thing is, the ACLU was a much tamer organization at the beginning that it turned out to be after Ernst gave up the reins. He was a hob-nobber in Manhattan society and pals with J. Edgar Hoover, the number one reason I don't think much of him. Ernst was of the opinion that people and not groups had civil liberties, so he never defended Communists and did his best to make sure they weren't even members of the ACLU. This is a far cry from the organization that defended the rights of neo-Nazis to march in Skokie, Illinois. He did defend James Joyce's Ulysses from charges of obscenity, but this would fall under his view of Good Things. If the ACLU had stayed as staid as Ernst, they never would have defended Hustler against Jerry Falwell, a case that went to the Supreme Court and was decided 8-0 in favor of the magazine.
So I welcome Mr. Ernst to the fold of predictors. On my spectrum of Bad Predictors and Good Predictors, he's much closer to FroMo-2030 than to the sainted John Elfreth Watkins, but he should be good for a few laughs in the following months.
Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!
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