Category Archives: Birthday

Happy Birthday: François Truffaut (1932–1984)

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francoistruffaut.jpgFrançois Truffaut (1932–1984)

Born: February 6, 1932 in Paris, France
Died: October 21, 1984 (age 52) in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine, France

One looks at films differently when one is a director or a critic. For example, though I have always loved Citizen Kane (1941), I loved it in different ways at different stages of my career. When I saw it as a critic, I particularly admired the way the story is told: the fact that one is rarely permitted to see the person who interviews all the characters, the fact that chronology is not respected, things like that. As a director I cared more about technique: all the scenes are shot in a single take and do not use reverse cutting; in most scenes you hear the soundtrack before you see the corresponding images – that reflects Orson Welles’ radio training, etc. Behaving like the ordinary spectator, one uses a film…

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Happy Birthday: Alice Eve

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aliceeve.jpgAlice Eve

Born: February 6, 1982 in London, England, UK

Married to: Alex Cowper-Smith (31 December 2014 – present)

[on cultural differences between the United States and United Kingdom] You know, we’re divided by a common language, even though we’re meant to have been from the same place. There is a definite shift when I get on the plane and I land. It’s very Puritan in America, and it’s a different culture in England and much more European in its belief system. In the United States, it’s quite strict.

I’m a girl’s girl. I love to hang out with boys – I’ve got brothers – but I’m a girl’s girl, in all the ways you can be girlie. Nails and chats and gossip magazines and reality TV and pop culture… Did going to Oxford and reading “Paradise Lost” change that? No.

THE RAVEN
dir. James McTeigue
Stars:
John Cusack
Alice…

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Happy Birthday: Dane DeHaan

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danedehaan.jpgDane DeHaan

Born: February 6, 1986 in Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA

I always thought James Dean was this acting nerd like I am. He was just born with the talent to act and this vivid imagination. But the way he went about getting there was actually kind of annoying.

I like to believe that most human beings go about things with a point of view that they’re just doing what they feel like they need to do at that time. Sometimes people make bad decisions, but it’s not evil.

Comic-book movies are where my childhood fantasies meet my adulthood acting fantasies. I really, truly started acting by playing superheroes in my backyard.

CHRONICLE
dir. Josh Trank
Stars:
Michael B. Jordan
Michael Kelly
MOVIE POSTERTHE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES
2013
dir. Derek Cianfrance
Stars:
Ryan Gosling
Bradley Cooper
THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2
2014
dir. Marc Webb
Stars:
Andrew Garfield
Emma Stone
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Happy Birthday: Laura Linney

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Laura Linney.jpgLaura Linney

Born: February 5, 1964 in New York City, New York, USA

With big, emotional roles it’s very easy, especially if you’ve grown up in the American school of acting, to exploit your own pain. You have to be careful about that, because 9 times out of 10, your pain is not appropriate to the character. You can watch someone on-stage cry and cry – but in the audience you feel nothing. It’s easy to become indulgent. For me, what’s important is the story first.

A lifetime of work, particularly where you get to see an actor grow and change, is better than becoming a rock & roll movie star.

[on how she has benefited from receiving Oscar nominations]: It’s helped me to keep working, quite frankly.

Dave
1993
dir. Ivan Reitman
Starring
Kevin Kline
Sigourney Weaver
ABSOLUTE POWERAbsolute Power
1997
dir. Clint Eastwood
Cast
Clint Eastwood
Ed Harris
THE TRUMAN SHOWThe…

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Happy Birthday: Barbara Hershey

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Barbara Hershey.jpgBarbara Hershey

Born: February 5, 1948 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA

I am afraid of being lazy and complacent. I am afraid of taking myself too seriously.

As of 2014, has appeared in three films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: The Right Stuff (1983), Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) and Black Swan (2010).

The Right Stuff
1983
dir. Philip Kaufman
starring
Ed Harris
Sam Shepard
FALLING DOWNFalling Down
1993
dir. Schumacher
Starring
Douglas
Duvall
Hannah and her Sisters
1986
dir. Allen
starring
Diane Wiest
Michael Caine
BEACHESBeaches
1988
dir. Marshall
Starring
Bette Midler
Barbara Hershey
RangoINSIDIOUS
dir. James Wan
Stars:
Patrick Wilson
Rose Byrne
MOVIE POSTERTHE NATURAL
1984
dir. Barry Levinson
Stars:
Robert Redford
Robert Duvall
MOVIE POSTERINSIDIOUS CHAPTER 2
2013
dir. James Wan
Stars:
Patrick Wilson
Rose Byrne
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Happy Birthday: Jennifer Jason Leigh

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Jennifer Jason Leigh.jpgJennifer Jason Leigh

Born: February 5, 1962 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA

When my first movie, Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982), turned out to be this big hit, I was so innocent, I thought: all movies are hits. It took a couple of years to figure out that almost every movie I made after that didn’t make money. Some of them haven’t made money because they’re not very good movies. It’s not like I look at a project and go, ‘Oh, this is going to be a box-office bomb. I want it!’

FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH
1982
dir. Amy Heckerling
Starring:
Sean Penn
Ray Walston
EASY MONEYEasy Money
1983
dir. James Signorelli
starring
Rodney Dangerfield
Joe Pesci
The Hudsucker ProxyThe Hudsucker Proxy
1994
dir. Joel and Ethan Coen
Cast
Tim Robbins
Jennifer Jason Leigh
Road to Perdition
2002
dir. Mendes
starring
Hanks
Paul Newman
synecdoche_new_yorkSynecdoche, New York
2008
dir. Charlie…

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Happy Birthday: Michael Sheen

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Michael Sheen.jpgMichael Sheen

Born: February 5, 1969 in Newport, Gwent, Wales, UK

I love watching Jeff Bridges act. He’s brilliant.

Part of the fun of life is interacting with people and not knowing what the truth is inside. Letting them reveal that to you is what binds you to people.

I think parenthood is a wonderful balancing act. On the one hand, you want to spend as much time with your children as possible. On the other hand, you want to set an example for them to see that you’re fulfilled in your life and in your work.

Wilde
1997
dir. Brian Gilbert
Cast
Stephen Fry
Jude Law
UNDERWORLD 2003Underworld
2003
dir. Len Wiseman
Starring
Kate Beckinsale
Scott Speedman
BRIGHT YOUNG THINGSBright Young Things
2003
dir. Stephen Fry
Cast
Simon McBurney
Michael Sheen
Underworld: EvolutionUnderworld: Evolution
2006
dir. Wiseman
starring
Kate Beckinsale
Scott Speedman
Frost/Nixon
2008
dir. Howard
starring
Frank Langella
Sheen
Underworld: Rise of the LycansUnderworld: Rise of…

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Happy Birthday: Tony Jaa

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Tony Jaa.jpgTony Jaa

Born: February 5, 1976 in Surin, Thailand

Jackie Chan, Jet Li and Bruce Lee are my masters; they’re the inspiration for my work. Bruce Lee was a heavy fighter who threw hard punches. Jackie moves very fast and uses a lot of comedy, and Jet Li is very fluid. I’ve tried to combine all of their styles and added some things of my own.

I want a strong foundation in Thailand. Hollywood? Maybe in the future.

What they [Chan, Lee and Li] did was so beautiful, so heroic that I wanted to do it too. I practiced until I could do the move exactly as I had seen the masters do it.

Ong-Bak
2003
dir. Prachya Pinkaew
Starring
Tony Jaa
Petchtai Wongkamlao
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Happy Birthday: Alice Cooper

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alicecooper.jpgAlice Cooper

Born: February 4, 1948 in Detroit, Michigan, USA

Married to:
Sheryl Cooper (3 March 1976 – present) (3 children)

I have never made fun of religion. Religion is something I don’t even want to mess with, because I am really afraid of the clouds opening up and my being struck by lightning. Satanism is something else I don’t mess with. I think that the heavy metal bands that do are playing with fire. I have never influenced people in a negative way, and I’m not about to start now.

The hippies wanted peace and love. We [the original Alice Cooper band] wanted Ferraris, blondes and switchblades.

 

 

 

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Happy Birthday: George A. Romero

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georgearomero.jpgGeorge A. Romero

Born: February 4, 1940 in The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA

If I fail, they [the film industry] write me off as another statistic. If I succeed, they pay me a million bucks to fly out to Hollywood and fart.

[on his fourth installment of the “Living Dead” series, Land of the Dead (2005)]: The idea of living with terrorism – I’ve tried to make it more applicable to the concerns Americans are going through now.

If one horror film hits, everyone says, “Let’s go make a horror film!” It’s the genre that never dies.

CREEPSHOW
1982
dir. by George A. Romero
Stars:
Hal Holbrook
Leslie Nielsen
DIARY OF THE DEADDiary of the Dead
2007
dir. Romero
Starring
Michelle Morgan
Joshua Close
Day of the Dead
1985
dir. Romero
Starring
Lori Cardille
Terry Alexander
MOVIE POSTERTHE DARK HALF
1993
dir. by George A. Romero
Stars:
Timothy Hutton
Amy Madigan

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Happy Birthday: Jerry Adler

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jerryadler.jpgJerry Adler

Born: February 4, 1929 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA

He was nominated for a 1976 Joseph Jefferson Award for Director in a Play for “That Championship Season”, at the Arlington Park Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.

The son of Pauline and Philip Adler, who was a general manager of New York City’s influential Group Theatre, founded in 1931.

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synecdoche_new_yorkSynecdoche, New York
2008
dir. Charlie Kaufman
Starring
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Samantha Morton
TV POSTERBest of GOOD WIFE Season 2
Stars:
Julianna Margulies
Chris Noth
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Best of GOOD WIFE Season 3
Stars:
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Matt Czuchry
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Happy Birthday: Lauren Ash

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laurenash.jpgLauren Ash

Born: February 4, 1983 in Belleville, Ontario, Canada

Her photo (along with friends & colleagues) was aired on SUN TV in Toronto in September as “moron of the morning”, but the issue was regarding another Lauren Ash. She had to threaten legal action to have it retracted.

SUPER FUN NIGHT TV SHOW PILOT
2013
Created by: Conan O’Brien, Rebel Wilson

LARS AND THE REAL GIRLLars and the Real Girl
2007
dir. Craig Gillespie
Starring
Ryan Gosling
Emily Mortimer
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Happy Birthday: Gabrielle Anwar

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gabrielleanwar.jpgGabrielle Anwar

Born: February 4, 1970 in Laleham, Middlesex, England, UK

I’ve been hounded by a reputation of being difficult when really what I’m being is truthful and honest. And I think that’s been a thorn in my side. I auditioned for a lot of work and got some good feedback, and then was told I wasn’t the choice.

Has 3 children: a daughter named Willow Xylia Anwar (aka Willow Anwar; b.November 8, 1993) with her now ex-boyfriend Craig Sheffer; a son named Hugo Verea (b.2001) and a daughter named Paisley Verea (b.2004) with her now ex-1st husband John Verea.

 

 

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Happy Birthday: Morgan Fairchild

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morganfarchild.jpgMorgan Fairchild

Born: February 3, 1950 in Dallas, Texas, USA

They’re not paying me to play a chairwoman. They’re paying me to show up looking glam and, damn it, I’m gonna show up looking glam!

Every year has its blonde, and I’m this year’s.

 

 

 

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