Thursday, June 11, 2015
11 June 2015
Ivana Baquero b. 1994 (The Shannara Chronicles, Pan’s Labyrinth, Romasanta: The Werewolf Hunt)
Eugene Simon b. 1992 (House of Anubis, Game of Thrones)
Claire Holt b. 1988 (The Vampire Diaries, H2O: Just Add Water)
Shia LeBeouf b. 1986 (Transformers, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, I, Robot, The Nightmare Room, The X Files)
Joshua Jackson b. 1978 (Fringe, Muppets from Space, Magic in the Water)
Jane Goldman b. 1979 (screenwriter, X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men: First Class, Kick-Ass, Stardust)
Jade Carter b. 1976 (Buffy)
Robby Kiger b. 1973 (The Monster Squad, Children of the Corn, The Greatest American Hero)
Peter Dinklage b. 1969 (Pixels, Game of Thrones, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Knights of Badassdom, Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, Ultra, Elf)
Clare Carey b. 1967 (Jericho, Stargate SG-1, Charmed, The Invisible Man [2000 TV], Them, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Zombie High)
Pamela Gidley b. 1965 (The Little Vampire, Cherry 2000)
Hugh O’Gorman b. 1965 (The 10th Kingdom)
Hugh Laurie b. 1959 (Tomorrowland , Stuart Little, The Borrowers, The Crystal Cube)
Peter Bergman b. 1953 (The Tick)
Sherman Howard b. 1949 (The Mummy: Secrets of the Medjai, Invader ZIM, Star Trek: Voyager, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, Retroactive, The Burning Zone, Deep Space Nine, Sliders, SeaQuest 2032, The Stand, Space Rangers, Superboy, Good & Evil, Quantum Leap, Star Trek: The Next Generation, ALF, Dark Angel, Freddy’s Nightmares, Max Headroom, Day of the Dead )
Nicholas Young b. 1949 (The Tomorrow People [2013 and 1979], Space: 1999)
Paul Lynch b. 1946 (director, So Weird, Sliders, Xena, Poltergiest: The Legacy, RoboCop [TV], Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Dark Shadows , Twilight Zone [1980s], Beauty and the Beast , Voyagers!, Humongous)
Adrienne Barbeau b. 1945 (Carnivale, The Chronicle, Deep Space Nine, Sliders, Weird Science, Burial of the Rats, Babylon 5, Twilight Zone, Creepshow, Swamp Thing, Escape from New York, The Fog)
Jordan Rhodes b. 1939 (Battlestar Galactica, The Terminal Man, Wonder Woman, The Night Stalker)
Christina Crawford b. 1939 (The Sixth Sense)
Chad Everett b. 1937 died 24 July 2012 (Supernatural, When Time Expires)
Gene Wilder b. 1933 (Alice in Wonderland [1999 TV], Haunted Honeymoon, Young Frankenstein, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory)
Ed Bishop b. 1932 died 8 June 2005 (Highlander [TV], Whoops Apocalypse, Saturn 3, 1990, Twilight’s Last Gleaming, The Day After Tomorrow , UFO, Journey to the Far Side of the Sun, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Battle Beneath the Earth, The Mouse on the Moon)
John Bromfield b. 1922 died 18 September 2005 (Curucu, Beast of the Amazon, Revenge of the Creature)
Robert Hutton b. 1920 died 7 August 1994 (Trog, They Came from Beyond Space, The Vulture, The Slime People, Invisible Invaders, The Colossus of New York)
Richard Todd b. 1919 died 3 December 2009 (Doctor Who)
Buddy Baer b. 1915 died 18 July 1986 (Giant from the Unknown, Adventures of Superman, Jack and the Beanstalk )
Dudley Manlove b. 1914 died 17 April 1996 (The Creation of the Humanoids, Plan 9 from Outer Space)
Gerald Mohr b. 1914 died 9 November 1968 (Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Lost in Space, Men Into Space, The Angry Red Planet, Invasion U.S.A.)
Notes from the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot. I usually make Game of Thrones trump during its season, so Peter Dinklage has had the Picture Slot twice, but in 2015, my main rule is not to repeat the Picture Slot except in very special cases. While there are some names and faces you may recognize on the list today, I would argue that other than Dinklage as Tyrion, the most iconic is Gene Wilder in Young Frankenstein or in Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
2. Spot the Canadians! Joshua Jackson and Jade Carter were both born north of the border, but there credit lists don't make that clear.
3. Nepotism FTW. Buddy Baer is the brother of Max Baer, I'm not sure it counts. Robert Hutton is kin to the Hutton family fortune, I'm sure it doesn't count. Christina Crawford is Joan Crawford's adopted daughter, fuck yes it counts.
4. Wait... he's dead? I have not completely processed that Chad Everett is dead.
5. MST3K. I may have missed some, but I know The Slime People and Revenge of the Creature were used on the show. Regular commenter Zombie Rotten McDonald points out Invasion U.S.A. counts as well.
6. Too many labels. There is a limit of 200 characters in the label list, so I had to throw out Gerry and Sylvia Anderson, Battlestar Galactica, noting that our prediction is about democracy and pointing out that Joseph Kennedy was a scumbag.
Many happy returns to all the living on the list and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.
Prediction: "Democracy is finished in England."
Reality: This was the sentence that lost Kennedy his job as ambassador. Being a very outspoken anti-Semite was acceptable, but this crossed a line. Not only was he a flaming asshole, but he was also dead wrong. If Fox News had existed back then, he could have been a regular contributor. As it is, he'll just have to be happy being a millionaire many times over and father of a political dynasty that now appears to have faded into nothing.
The British actor Ron Moody died today at the age of 91. Best known as Fagin in Oliver!, he is remembered here for roles in A Ghost in Monte Carlo, Into the Labyrinth, Unidentified Flying Oddball, Legend of the Werewolf, The Mouse on the Moon, Alice Through the Looking Box and A Kid in King Arthur's Court. This picture with Margaret Rutherford is from The Mouse on the Moon.
Best wishes to the family and friends of Ron Moody, from a fan. He is never to be forgotten.
Sir Christopher Lee, a legend in genre films, has died at the age of 93. Younger viewers will likely know him best from the Star Wars prequels and The Lord of the Rings films, but his reputation in horror films was made in the Hammer Studios films, often co-starring Peter Cushing. The list here on the blog of genre films for Sir Christopher may not be quite complete, but it included The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings, Dark Shadows , Hugo, The Season of the Witch, Alice in Wonderland, Star Wars, The Golden Compass, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sleepy Hollow [movie], Tale of the Mummy, The Odyssey [TV], The Tomorrow People, Curse III: Blood Sacrifice, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Howling II:… Your Sister is a Werewolf, The Return of Captain Invincible, Captain America II: Death Too Soon, Return from Witch Mountain, Starship Invasions, The End of the World, Dracula and Son, To the Devil a Daughter, Space: 1999, The Wicker Man, The Satanic Rites of Dracula, Poor Devil, The Creeping Flesh, Dark Places, Horror Express, Dracula A.D. 1972, I Monster, The House that Dripped Blood, Scars of Dracula, Taste the Blood of Dracula, Count Dracula, Scream and Scream Again, Dracula Has Risen from the Grave, Blood Fiend, Island of the Burning Damned, Psycho-Circus, Dracula: Prince of Darkness, The Skull, She, Dr. Terror's House of Horrors, The Gorgon, Castle of the Living Dead, Crypt of the Vampire, Hercules in the Haunted World, Scream of Fear, The Hands of Orlac, The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll, The Mummy, Horror of Dracula and The Curse of Frankenstein.
Best wishes to the family and friends of Sir Christopher Lee, from a heartsick fan. He is never to be forgotten.
Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!
H.G. Wells from Anticipations. Will it be a "normal" prediction, merely right or wrong, or will it be one of his "special" predictions, which are super creepy?
Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!