Thursday, June 4, 2015
4 June 2015
Jeremy Becerra b. 1996 (Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials)
Kathryn Prescott b. 1991 (Being Human)
Oona Chaplin b. 1986 (Game of Thrones)
Kerem Brusin b. 1987 (Sharktopus)
Amelia Warner b. 1982 (The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising, AEon Flux)
T.J. Miller b. 1981 (Transformers: Age of Extinction, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, Gulliver’s Travels. Cloverfield)
Tim Rozon b. 1976 (Being Human, Lost Girl)
Angelina Jolie b. 1975 (Maleficent, Wanted, Beowulf, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, Lara Croft, Cyborg 2)
Theo Rossi b. 1975 (The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Cloverfield, Jericho, Lost)
James Callis b. 1971 (Narcopolis, Caper, Arrow, Eureka, Merlin, FlashForward, Battlestar Galactica, Merlin and the Book of Beasts, Jason and the Argonauts [TV], Arabian Nights [TV])
Noah Wyle b. 1971 (The Librarians, Falling Skies, Lab Rats, The Librarian, Donnie Darko, Guinevere)
Scott Wolf b. 1968 (V, Double Dragon)
Sean Pertwee b. 1964 (Gotham, The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot, U.F.O., Camelot, Mutant Chronicles, Equilibrium, Tale of the Mummy, Event Horizon)
Lindsay Frost b. 1962 (Lost, The Ring, SeaQuest 2032, Monolith)
Julie White b. 1961 (Transformers, The Astronaut Farmer, War of the Worlds)
Sue Hodge b. 1957 (Brazil)
Keith David b. 1956 (Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, Touch, Cloud Atlas, Gamer, Superhero Movie, The Chronicles of Riddick, Pitch Black, Armageddon, Volcano, They Live, The Thing)
Parker Stevenson b. 1952 (Legend of the Seeker, Legion, Not of This Earth)
David Yip b. 1951 (Re-Evolution, Spirit Warriors, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Quatermass, Doctor Who)
Wendy Pini b. 1951 (artist, Elfquest)
David Collings b. 1940 (Doctor Who, Blakes 7, UFO, Scrooge)
Bruce Dern b. 1936 (The Hole, The Astronaut Farmer, World Gone Wild, Space, Silent Running, The Incredible 2-Headed Transplant, The Immortal, Land of the Giants, The Outer Limits)
Geoffrey Palmer b. 1927 (Doctor Who [2007 and 1970], Peter Pan, Alice Through the Looking Glass)
Ken Clark b. 1927 died 1 June 2009 (Invasion, 12 to the Moon, Attack of the Giant Leeches, On the Threshold of Space)
Judith Malina b. 1926 died 10 April 2015 (The Addams Family , The Queen of Sheba Meets the Atom Man)
Dennis Weaver b. 1924 died 24 February 2006 (Twilight Zone)
Howard Culver b. 1918 died 4 August 1984 (Halloween II, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, The Swarm, Project U.F.O., Land of the Giants, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, The Time Tunnel, Twilight Zone, Space Patrol)
Clara Blandick b. 1880 died 15 April 1962 (The Wizard of Oz)
Notes from the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot. Geezer that I am, the Picture Slot is often given to folks in roles from the 20th Century, but all three Picture Slotters for the 4th of June have roles in 21st Century productions: James Callis from Battlestar Galactica, Oona Chaplin from Game of Thrones and today's winner, Angelina Jolie from the Lara Croft films. As should be obvious, both the young ladies are also fabulous babes.
2. Spot the Canadian! If I told you there was but one Canadian on our list today and that person was born after 1970, would that be enough information? Let's find out.
3. Nepotism FTW. Oona Chaplin is the daughter of Geraldine Chaplin, the granddaughter of Charlie Chaplin and the great granddaughter of Eugene O'Neill. Angelina Jolie is the daughter of Jon Voight. Sean Pertwee is the son of is the son of Jon Pertwee.
4. A belated Never to be Forgotten. The actress Judith Malina died this April and should have gotten a Never to be Forgotten shout out. Consider this my apology.
5. The Guy at the Door. Because Judith Malina is gone, the oldest living person on the list is British Oh That Guy Geoffrey Palmer and everyone younger than him is also still with us. This demographic oddity means special wishes for many happy returns to Mr. Palmer.
6. MST3K. The one I know for sure is Attack of the Giant Leeches with the late Ken Clark.
Many happy returns to all the living on the list, most notably Geoffrey Palmer, and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban released, 2004
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan released, 1982
Were it not for these movie releases, we would have had no mention of either Star Trek or Harry Potter.
Prediction: The median picks for the Conference Finals were the Warriors in 5 and the Cavaliers in 6. They got the Warriors exactly for 10 points, but picked the Cavaliers in 4, so they are only awarded 8 points. The score is now 103 of 140 possible points, which is 73.6%. In a math class, that would be worth a C, but in a guessing game that should be 50-50, this is actually a sign the experts know what they are doing, or more accurately, there weren't a lot of big upsets.
Reality: In the Finals, 65.2% of the experts like the Warriors and the median pick is the Warriors in 6.
Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!
Fridays mean a dip into Anticipations by H.G. Wells, a book that is not well known, which is a boon for Wells' posthumous reputation.
Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!