Wednesday, July 22, 2015
22 July 2015
Madison Pettis b. 1998 (The 4400, Jericho)
Selena Gomez b. 1992 (Wizards of Waverly Place)
Amy Paffrath b.1983 (The Purge: Anarchy, Gingerbread man vs Evil Bong, Zombies vs. Strippers, I Kissed a Vampiure, Hauntsville)
Clive Standen b. 1981 (Atlantis, Doctor Who)
Lauren Bittner b. 1980 (Paranormal Activity 3)
A.J. Cook b. 1978 (Bloodsuckers, Dead Like Me, Final Destination 2, Laserhawk)
Candace Kroslak b. 1978 (Knight Rider , Planet of the Apes, Demonicus)
Franka Potente b. 1974 (American Horror Story, Run Lola Run)
Colin Ferguson b. 1972 (The Vampire Diaries, Caper, Haven, Eureka, Primeval: New World, Matty Hanson and the Invisibility Ray, Lake Placid 3, The Hunger [TV])
Oliver Robins b. 1971 (Poltergeist, Twilight Zone )
Rhys Ifans b. 1967 (Dominion, The Amazing Spider-Man, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, Nanny McPhee Returns, Little Nicky)
John Leguizamo b. 1964 (Kick-Ass 2, Repo Men, The Happening, Land of the Dead, Super Mario Bros.)
David Spade b. 1964 (ALF, Monsters)
Adam Godley b. 1964 (Powers, Battleship, Dollhouse, Merlin, The X Files: I Want to Believe, The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Nanny McPhee, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)
Joanna Going b. 1963 (From Dusk Till Dawn [TV], Journeyman, Dark Shadows )
Willem Dafoe b. 1955 (John Carter, 4:44 Last Day on Earth, Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant, Daybreakers, Spider-Man, Control, Shadow of the Vampire, eXistenZ, Deadly Nightmares, The Hunger)
Tisa Farrow b. 1951 (Anthropophagus, Hunter of the Apocalypse, Zombie)
Alan Menken b. 1949 (music, Tangled, Hercules, Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors)
Albert Brooks b. 1947 (Defending Your Life, Twilight Zone: The Movie)
J. Kenneth Campbell b. 1947 (The Huntress, Angel, Charmed, The Journey of Alan Strange, NightMan, Mars Attacks!, The Big One: The Great Los Angeles Earthquake, The Abyss, Wonder Woman)
Danny Glover b. 1946 (Toxin, Day of the Mummy, 2047 – Sights of Death, Space Warriors, Touch, 2012, Blindness, Earthsea, Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child, Predator 2, Tall Tales & Legends, Iceman, The Greatest American Hero)
Peter Jason b. 1944 (Robosapien: Rebooted, Planet Raptor, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde , Alien Apocalypse, Raptor Island, Carnivale, Ghosts of Mars, Perversions of Science, Escape from L.A., Mortal Kombat, Congo, Village of the Damned, Quantum Leap, Arachnophobia, They Live, Alien Nation, Prince of Darkness, Hyper Sapien: People from Another Star, Amazing Stories, Dreamscape, The Incredible Hulk, The Amazing Captain Nemo, Shadow on the Land, Land of the Giants)
Nick Brimble b. 1944 (Greek Gods and Goddesses: Jason and the Argonauts, Loch Ness, Frankenstein Unbound, Cosmic Princess, Blakes 7, Space: 1999)
Vaughn Bodé b. 1941 died 18 July 1975 (artist, Cheech Wizard)
Terence Stamp b. 1938 (Smallville, Wanted, Elektra, Red Planet, Star Wars: Episode I – Such a Good Cast Wasted, The Hunger [TV], Alien Nation, The Company of Wolves, Superman I and II, The Thief of Baghdad [TV], HU-Man, The Mind of Mr. Soames)
Louise Fletcher b. 1934 (The Genesis Code, Heroes, Wonderfalls, Deep Space Nine, Brimstone, VR.5, Frankenstein and Me, The Stepford Husbands, Virtuosity, The Ray Bradbury Theatre, Tales from the Crypt [TV], Deadly Nightmares, Shadowzone, Twilight Zone , Invaders from Mars, Brainstorm, Strange Invaders, Mama Dracula, Exorcist II: The Heretic)
Perry Lopez b. 1929 died 14 February 2008 (Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Star Trek, The Time Tunnel, Creature from the Black Lagoon)
Orson Bean b. 1928 (Mattie Fresno and the Holoflux Universe, Alien Autopsy, Being John Malkovich, Monsters, Innerspace, Twilight Zone)
Joseph Sargent b. 1924 died 22 December 2014 (director, Salem Witch Trials, Space, Tomorrow’s Child, Colossus: The Forbin Project, The Invaders, Star Trek)
James Whale b. 1889 died 29 May 1957 (director, The Bride of Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, Frankenstein)
Notes from the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot. In previous years I used the completely iconic Terence Stamp as Zod and the idiosyncratic choice of Peter Jason from They Live. I probably owe an apology to Franka Potente from Run Lola Run and Colin Ferguson from Eureka for skipping both of them, probably Loiuse Fletcher from Deep Space Nineas well. But my decision is to go with Williem Dafoe from Shadow of the Vampire is not idiosyncratic. I have no idea what goofy mood I was in a year ago.
2. Spot the Canadians! Not every star of a Canuck-fi show was born in the Great White North, but Colin Ferguson was.
3. Nepotism FTW. It's not fair to call Tisha Farrow's career a win, but she is the lesser known sister of Mia.
4. Wait... he's dead? The 1970s is supposed to be just a blur to me because I'm a boomer, but my drug usage was actually minimal. That said, I forgot that Vaughn Bodé died so young.
5. Wait... he's alive? Orson Bean turns 87 today. I didn't get the memo he was sill with us.
6. MST3K. There is a specific reference to Cosmic Princess in Nick Brimble's resume, so we get a hit.
Many happy returns to all the living on the list and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.
The Island released, 2005
Prediction: Lincoln Six-Echo is a resident of a seemingly Utopian but contained facility in the year 2019. Like all of the inhabitants of this carefully controlled environment, Lincoln hopes to be chosen to go to the "The Island" - reportedly the last uncontaminated spot on the planet.
Reality: The most surprising thing about this movie is how different it thinks the world is going to be in fourteen years. Blade Runner is also set in 2019, but it was made in 1982. In the 1980s, I'd argue the future still felt like it was coming at us in a rush. In 2005, this is just goofiness.
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