Friday, May 15, 2015
15 May 2015
Alexandra Breckinridge b. 1982 (The Walking Dead, True Blood, American Horror Story, Buffy, Charmed, Vampire Clan, Wishcraft)
Alex Burton b. 1981 (X-Men)
Caroline Dhavernas b. 1978 (Devil, Wonderfalls, The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne)
David Krumholtz b. 1978 (Forever, This is the End, Serenity, Addams Family Values)
Cyrille Thouvenin b. 1976 (The Happening)
Victor Varnado b. 1969 (The Adventures of Pluto Nash, End of Days)
Brigitte Bako b. 1967 (Irving, Strange Days, Replikator)
Greg Wise b. 1966 (Alice Through the Looking Glass [1978 TV], House of Frankenstein [1997 TV], Tales from the Crypt)
Grant Heslov b. 1963 (The Scorpion King, Bug, The X-Files, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Congo, M.A.N.T.I.S., Harry and the Hendersons, The Twilight Zone )
Jamie Harris b. 1963 (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., American Horror Story, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Green Hornet, Night of the Demons, The Prestige, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, Highlander [TV])
Brenda Bakke b. 1963 (Supernatural, Dollhouse, Dark Angel, American Gothic, Solar Crisis, Star Trek: The Next Generation)
Larry Holden b. 1961 died 13 February 2011 (Batman Begins, Charmed, Timecop , NightMan)
Rob Bowman b. 1960 (director, Nightmares & Dreamscapes, Night Stalker, Elektra, The Lone Gunmen, The X-Files, VR.5, M.A.N.T.I.S., Dark Shadows , Star Trek: The Next Generation, Alien Nation [TV], Werewolf)
John Blyth Barrymore b. 1954 (Solar Crisis, Nocturna)
Nicholas Hammond b. 1950 (Stealth, Farscape, The Lost World [TV], 20000 Leagues Under the Sea , The Martian Chronicles, The Amazing Spider-Man, Logan’s Run [TV], The Fantastic Journey)
Malcolm Stewart b. 1948 (Fringe, Moon, Eureka, Kyle XY, Bionic Woman, The 4400, Blade: The Series, The Butterfly Effect 2, Fallen, Battlestar Galactica, Smallville, Dead Like Me, Stargate SG-1, Dark Angel, Mysterious Ways, Andromeda, First Wave, Seven Days, Poltergeist: The Legacy, Millennium, The X Files, Sliders, Jumanji, M.A.N.T.I.S., Timecop, Twilight Zone )
Lainie Kazan b. 1940 (Red Riding Hood , Tales from the Crypt, Harry and the Hendersons, Amazing Stories, Faerie Tale Theatre)
Ralph Steadman b. 1936 (illustrator)
Joseph Wiseman b. 1918 died 19 October 2009 (The Greatest American Hero, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Twilight Zone)
Andre De Toth b. 1912 died 27 October 2002 (director, House of Wax)
James Mason b. 1909 27 July 1984 (Salem’s Lot , The Boys from Brazil, Frankenstein: The True Story, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea )
Joseph Cotten b. 1905 died 6 February 1994 (Twilight’s Last Gleaming, Soylent Green, Baron Blood, Lady Frankenstein, The Abominable Dr. Phibes, City Beneath the Sea, From the Earth to the Moon)
L. Frank Baum b. 1856 died 6 May 1919 (The Oz universe)
Notes from the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot. Regular readers will know I am keen on iconic pictures and I will admit not every Fox genre show canceled after less than a full season is iconic. (The clear exception: Firefly.) But I am going with a picture of adorable Caroline Dhavernas from Wonderfalls for the following reasons.
a. Adorable Caroline Dhavernas. Look, genre TV without pretty actresses is close to non-existent, but she did a great job as the lead actress. Oh, and by the way, it was Canadian produced and she is Canadian.
b. A theme song by Andy Partridge of XTC.
c. The writing. In some ways it's derivative of Joan of Arcadia, but the idea of little knick-knacks in a Niagara Fall souvenir shop talking to her was a great vehicle for comedy and she got all the laughs written on the page and then some. I still remember her line in an early show, pleading with one of the souvenirs "You can't speak! You don't have vocal chords!" If you haven't seen it, get the DVDs and binge watch.
2. Spot the Other Canadians! It would be very hard to guess the Canadian-ness of Joseph Wiseman (born too early) and Brigette Bako (not many roles). But Malcolm Stewart has just the kind of credit list that made me start the Spot the Canadian! feature.
3. Nepotism FTW? John Blyth Barrymore is the much older half-brother of Drew Barrymore and their father is John Drew Barrymore. On the Wikipedia page for the Barrymore family, he doesn't even get a separate listing.
Many happy returns to all the living on the list and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.
The Matrix Reloaded released, 2003
Prediction: What type of ship may chance to be prevalent when the great naval war comes is hard guessing, but I incline to think that the naval architects of the ablest peoples will concentrate more and more upon speed and upon range and penetration, and, above all, upon precision of fire. I seem to see a light type of ironclad, armoured thickly only over its engines and magazines, murderously equipped, and with a ram--as alert and deadly as a striking snake. In the battles of the open she will have little to fear from the slow fumbling treacheries of the submarine, she will take as little heed of the chance of a torpedo as a barefooted man in battle does of the chance of a fallen dagger in his path.
Reality: For reasons still unclear to me, Wells hated submarines as much as he hated the poor and the Irish. They became much more efficient weapons of war than he ever imagined. (Sorry, unclear pronoun there. I meant submarines, not the Irish peasants.) He also had no idea how deadly airplanes would be and how effective they could be in sinking ships. Not a very good grade here.
Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!
More optimistic (and likely inaccurate) predictions from Morris L. Ernst's book Utopia 1976.
Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!