"John Scully's" comic strip that has a farewell every day (drawn and written by Ruben Bolling)

"John Scully's" comic strip that has a farewell every day (drawn and written by Ruben Bolling)
"John Scully's" comic strip that has a farewell every day (drawn and written by Ruben Bolling)
September 19 is the last post for this blog. Thanks to all my readers!

Sunday, August 9, 2015

9 August 2015

Bill Skarsgard b. 1990 (Hemlock Grove)
Adelaide Kane b. 1990 (Teen Wolf, The Purge, Power Rangers R.P.M.)
Anna Kendrick b. 1985 (Into the Woods, Twilight Saga)
Ashley Johnson b. 1983 (The Avengers, Dollhouse, Roswell, Lloyd in Space)
Daniel Henshall b. 1982 (The Babadook)
Alexia Fairbrother b. 1980 (Witches of East End, Continuum, Supernatural, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers)
Rhona Mitra b. 1976 (The Last Ship, SGU Stargate Universe, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, Doomsday, Hollow Man, Beowulf, Ghostbusters of East Finchley)
James Lafazanos b. 1976 (12 Monkeys [TV], The Time Traveler’s Wife, Battlestar Galactica, Supernatural, Stargate: Atlantis)
Jessica Capshaw b. 1976 (Minority Report)
Anjali Jay b. 1975 (The Age of Adaline, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, Continuum, Supernatural)
Nicola Stapleton b. 1974 (Urban Ghost Story, Simon and the Witch, Snow White, Hansel and Gretel)
Kevin McKidd b. 1973 (Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, Journeyman, The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns)
Liz Vassey b. 1972 (Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, The Tick, The Adventures of Captain Zoom in Outer Space, Quantum Leap, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Superboy)
Ryan Bollman b. 1972 (Star Trek: Voyager, Good vs Evil, The Neverending Story III, Children of the Corn II: The Final Sacrifice, Small Wonder, Starman [TV])
Thomas Lennon b. 1970 (actor, The Dark Knight Rises, Hot Tub Time Machine; writer, Battle of the Smithsonian)
McG b. 1968 (director, Terminator Salvation)
Eric Bana b. 1968 (The Time Traveler’s Wife, Star Trek [2009], Hulk)
Gillian Anderson b. 1968 (Robot Overlords, The X Files)
Josh Cox b. 1965 (Revolution, Thor, A.I. Assault, Babylon 5, Sliders, Quantum Leap, Freddy’s Nightmares)
Amanda Bearse b. 1958 (Here Come the Munsters, Fright Night)
Melanie Griffith b. 1957 (Cherry 2000)
Adam Nimoy b. 1956 (director, The Invisible Man [TV], Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Early Edition, Sliders, Babylon 5, Star Trek: The Next Generation)
John Varley b. 1947 (author, Eight Worlds, Gaean, Slow Apocalypse)
Sam Elliott b. 1944 (Hulk, Frogs, Land of the Giants)
David Steinberg b. 1942 (director, Twilight Zone [1985])
Burton Gilliam b. 1938 (Sliders, Weird Science [TV], The Terror Within II, Back to the Future Part III, Knight Rider, The Girl, the Gold Watch & Dynamite)
Dick Anthony Williams b. 1934 died 16 February 2012 (The X Files, Edward Scissorhands, Space, The Powers of Matthew Star, Omen III: The Final Conflict, Brave New World, Man from Atlantis)
Daniel Keyes b. 1927 died 15 June 2014 (Won 1960 Hugo for the short story Flowers for Algernon and the 1967 Nebula for the novel length version)
John Stevenson b. 1923 died 15 May 2015 (The Six Million Dollar Man, The Invaders)
Robert Aldrich b. 1918 died 5 December 1983 (director, Twilight’s Last Gleaming)
Leo Genn b. 1905 died 26 January 1978 (The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde [TV movie 1968], The Death Ray of Dr. Mabuse)
P.L. Travers b. 1899 died 23 April 1996 (author, Mary Poppins)
Kathleen Lockhart b. 1894 died 17 February 1978 (A Christmas Carol [1938])

Notes from the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot. Today has a fabulous babe vibe for me. Previous Picture Slotters were Gillian Anderson - the most obvious choice - and Liz Vassey from the live action version of The Tick. While there are some recognizable actors on the list, I'm going with Anna Kendrick as Cinderella for two strong reasons, she's fabulous and I'm a huge Sondheim nerd.

2. Spot the Canadians! Knowing David Steinberg is Canadian is trivia knowledge and not spottable from this list. James Lafazanos is more spottable and was born north of the border, while Alexia Fairtbrother and Anjali Jay were born elsewhere and moved to Canada, which seems like a fairly obvious career choice nowadays.

3. Nepotism FTW. There's a lot today. Bill Skarsgard is Stellan's son and Alexander's baby brother, Jessica Capshaw is Kate's daughter and Spielberg's step-daughter, I don't have to tell you who Adam Nimoy's dad is, and Melanie Griffith is Tippi Hedren's daughter. You would think being Tippi's kid would be a really good lesson as to why you did not want to be an actress, but I guess the lesson Melanie learned was that her mom was unlucky to get her career ruined by Hitchcock, which was certainly true.

4. The Guy at the Door. The oldest living person on the list today is Burton Gilliam and everyone younger than him is still alive, so he's The Guy at the Door. He did a lot of westerns and has kind of a goofy grin; his best known role is probably in Blazing Saddles.

Many happy returns to all the living on the list, especially Burton Gilliam, and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.

Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!

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  1. Our local musical theater did Into The woods last season. It was OK, but I've been meaning to check out the movie.

    1. I saw a live version in Central Park a few years ago, the version on Great Performances way back when and the movie. Usually when you talk about a version, it's The Witch you mention (Donna Murphy, Bernadette Peters, Meryl Streep) and The Baker's Wife is second (Amy Adams, Joanna Gleeson, Emily Blunt). But this is a musical like Guys and Dolls, which can live or die on the role of Nicely-Nicely. If you aren't laughing when Red Riding Hood is on stage or screen, the production is likely a failure.

    2. As I recall, there weren't a ton of laughs when RRH was on stage.


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