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Lou Ferrigno Birthday November 9

 

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Lou Ferrigno & The Incredible Hulk

 

Louis “Lou” Jude Ferrigno (born November 9, 1951) is an American bodybuilder and actor. Ferrigno has appeared in such television series and movies as The Incredible Hulk (playing David Banner’s bulky alter ego, the Hulk), the bodybuilding documentary Pumping Iron, European-produced fantasy-adventures including Sinbad of the Seven Seas and Hercules, and most recently in the 2009 comedy I Love You, Man. He is best known for playing the Hulk, but more recently had a recurring role, as himself, in the sitcom The King of Queens.

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After graduating from Brooklyn Technical High School in 1969, Ferrigno won his first major titles, IFBB Mr. America and IFBB Mr. Universe, four years later. In 1974, he came in second on his first attempt at the Mr. Olympia competition. He then came third the following year, and his attempt to beat Arnold Schwarzenegger was the subject of the 1975 documentary Pumping Iron. Following this, Ferrigno left the competition circuit for many years, a period that included a stint as a defensive lineman for the Toronto Argonauts in the Canadian Football League.

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Ferrigno competed in the first World’s Strongest Man contest in 1977, where he finished fourth in a field of eight competitors. While competing, Ferrigno regularly went to see a physician who checked up on whether he was doing damage to his body.

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Ferrigno signed up with Universal Studios in 1977 for the title role opposite Bill Bixby as the Hulk in The Incredible Hulk. Richard Kiel was hired for the series first, and scenes were filmed. It was quickly determined he was not muscular enough, and Ferrigno was signed. One quick shot of Kiel remains in the pilot movie. Although he did not share a line with Bixby on the set (except for one episode, “King of the Beach”), the two were friends. Ferrigno continued playing the Hulk role until 1981, although the last two episodes were not broadcast until May 1982. Later, he and Bixby co-starred in three The Incredible Hulk TV movies. There were major talks of another movie, The Rebirth of The Incredible Hulk, but due to Bixby’s death, the project never went beyond the earliest stages of development. Ferrigno continued to keep in touch with Bixby until his death on November 21, 1993. Ferrigno attended Bixby’s funeral in California.

During competition, the 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) Ferrigno’s contest weight was 285 lb (130 kg) in 1975, and 316 lb (143 kg) in 1992; he was one of the tallest

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professional bodybuilders at that time.

In the early 1990s, Ferrigno returned to bodybuilding, competing for the 1992 and 1993 Mr. Olympia titles. Finishing 12th and 10th, respectively, he then turned to the Masters Olympia, coming second in 1994 to Robby Robinson. After this, he retired from competition.

He made a cameo in the 2003 film Hulk as a security guard and was in one deleted scene. He has also done guest appearances and advertisements.

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He again appeared as a security guard in 2008’s feature film The Incredible Hulk as well as voicing the Hulk. Furthermore, Ferrigno has been the favorite choice to play the voice of the Hulk in several animated adaptations as well as in the most recent film after being publicly offered at the 2008 New York Comic Con by The Incredible Hulk director Louis Leterrier.

Carla Ferrigno told Reuters that her husband had been helping Michael Jackson train in advance of his 2009-2010 concerts at the time of his death. Jackson and Ferrigno have worked together in the past.

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Rebecca Romijn Birthday November 6

 
 

Rebecca Romijn

Rebecca Romijn

 

Rebecca Alie Romijn (pronounced ro-MAIN; born November 6, 1972) is an American actress (2000-present) and former model (1991-2001). She is best known for her role as Mystique in the X-Men films, and for her role as Alexis Meade on the hit show Ugly Betty.

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Rebecca Romijn as Mystique in X-Men

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Rebecca Romijn

Among other jobs, Romijn started her modeling career in 1992. She modeled for the swimsuit issue of Sports Illustrated, Victoria’s Secret, bebe, Miller Litebeer, and for Anna Molinari Runway, along with the famous Super-Models such as Claudia Schiffer, Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Cindy Crawford, and Christy Turlington. She also was the host of MTV’s House of Style from 1998 to 2000. Rebecca is a fixture on annual lists of the world’s most beautiful women by publications such as Maxim (2003–2007), AskMen.com (2001–2003, 2005–2006) and FHM (2000–2005). She also appeared as a guest in the animated talk show Space Ghost Coast to Coast in an episode titled “Chinatown.”

In 2000’s X-Men, Romijn had her first major movie role as Mystique; she returned to the role in 2003’s sequel X2: X-Men United, and again for X-Men: The Last Stand (2006). In these movies her costume consisted of blue makeup and some strategically placed prosthetics on her otherwise nude body. In X2: X-Men United she shows up in a bar in one scene in her “normal” look, and also in X-Men: The Last Stand, she appears as a dark-haired “de-powered” Mystique. She had her first leading role in Brian De Palma’s Femme Fatale (2002). She also has starred in movies such as Rollerball, The Punisher and Godsend. She played the leading role in Pepper Dennis, a short-lived TV series on The WB. This series showcased Romijn’s talents for comedy, singing, modeling, drama, and adventure.

 

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In January 2007, Romijn made her first appearance on the ABC series Ugly Betty as a full time regular. She plays Alexis Meade, a male-to-female transsexual and the sibling of lead character Daniel Meade. In April 2008, however, it was reported that Romijn would only be appearing as a recurring character in season 3 due to a change in direction by the writing staff. In November 2007, Romijn made a guest appearance on the ABC series Carpoolers, where she played the ex-wife of the character Laird, played by her real-life husband Jerry O’Connell.rebecca romijn

Romijn currently stars in the ABC series Eastwick,  reuniting her with her former Pepper Dennis co-star, Lindsay Price.

Trivia:

Attended the University of California in Santa Cruz but dropped out in 1991 to pursue her modeling career.

One of People Magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People (1999).

One of People Magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People (1997).

Is left-handed.

GQ’s Woman Of The Year. [1997]

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Has starred in four movies based on Marvel comic book characters: X-Men (2000), X2 (2003), The Punisher (2004) and X-Men: The Last Stand (2006).

Ranked #60 on VH1’s 100 Hottest HottiesRebecca_Romijn

She is of entirely Dutch heritage. Her maternal grandmother is first cousins with Dorothy Letterman, David Letterman’s mother.

Ranked #82 in Stuff magazine’s “102 Sexiest Women In The World” (2002).

Born on the same day as actress Thandie Newton.

She and her ex-husband John Stamos, have both guest-starred on the TV show “Friends” (1994), though not in the same episode.

Announced her engagement to actor Jerry O’Connell in September 2005.

rebecca_romijn_bebeWhen she was young, her parents didn’t have money, so she had to shop at Value Village.

Still shops at thrift stores.

Named #80 on the Maxim magazine “Hot 100 of 2005″ list.

Ranked as #99 in FHM’s “100 Sexiest Women in the World 2005″ special supplement. (2005)

Ranked #30 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2007 list.

Measurements in 1998: 35B – 24 – 35.

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Sister-in-law of Charlie O’Connell.

Married her boyfriend of 2 1/2 years, Jerry O’Connell, in a surprise backyard ceremony. The couple exchanged vows in front of 100 family and friends that thought that they had been invited to a barbecue.

Appeared as “Adrienne Barker”, Dennis Finch’s girlfriend (and later wife) on several episodes of “Just Shoot Me!” (1997) in 1999 and early 2000. During one scene for that show, Adrienne voices her contempt at Finch’s obsession with science fiction movies, and he retorts that she’d do anything for a part in one of those movies. Subsequently, in July of 2000, she did have a part in such a movie, appearing as “Mystique” in X-Men (2000).rebecca-romijn-206

Ranked #58 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2008 list.

Fan of Dolly Parton.

On December 28, 2008, Rebecca and Jerry welcomed fraternal twin daughters, Dolly Rebecca Rose and Charlie Tamara Tulip.

Along with Ian McKellan playing Magneto in the first three live-action X-Men films, James Franco as Harry Osborn in the first three live-action Spider-Man, and Gene Hackman’s non-consecutive turns as Luthor in three Superman films, one of the few people to play a comic book criminal in three live-action films.

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The film Femme Fatale (2002), which she starred in, opened on her 30th birthday in North America. November 6, 2002.

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Tom Savini Birthday November 3

 
 

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Tom Savini

 

Thomas Vincent Savini (born November 3, 1946 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.) is an American actor, stunt man, director, award-winning special effects and makeup artist. He is known for his work on the Living Dead films directed by George A. Romero, as well as Creepshow, The Burning, The Prowler, and Maniac. He directed the 1990 remake of Night of the Living Dead. Though officially retired from special effects, he has continued to direct, produce and star in several movies. Savini has been known to refer movie make-up effects projects to graduates of his school. He is frequently cast in B-movies, appearing in films such as From Dusk Till Dawn and Grindhouse.

Trivia:

Has his own effects company Tom Savini Ltd.

Is good friends with horror director George A. Romero. The two have worked together on many films.

Turned down Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981) to work on The Burning (1981).

Has appeared in both the original and the remake of Dawn of the Dead (1978).

Only man in Hollywood who can claim all four titles of stuntman, make-up artist, actor, and director. Only one man has come close: makeup artist, actor, stuntman Lon Chaney – Tom’s influence and childhood idol.

Is a close friend of stuntman Taso N. Stavrakis.

For his stunt work, his reference is action legend Jackie Chan.

Turned down the chance to direct Pet Sematary (1989).

Has a haunted house, Terrormania, also located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The students from the classes he has perform and work in the haunted house.

Has a make-up/special effects school in Monesson, Pennsylvania (Douglas School of Business).

Was supposed to play the part of the second biker in Oliver Stone’s U Turn (1997), after Stone saw him in From Dusk Till Dawn (1996). But due to scheduling conflict, Stone cast his producer Richard Rutowski in that part instead.

His role in Sea of Dust (2008) (Prester John) was written by Scott Bunt with Savini in mind.

Vietnam veteran.

Is the only actor to star in three ‘Dead’ films; he first played the role of ‘Blades’, an outlaw biker in Dawn of the Dead (1978) and then in the 2004 remake of Dawn as a County Sheriff. He then reprised his ‘Blades’ role in Land of the Dead (2005), this time as an undead.

Is a skilled fencer.

Was originally supposed to be a special effects make-up artist on Night of the Living Dead (1968), but was drafted to Vietnam just before filming began.

Provided his voice to the horror game “City of the Dead” – a spin-off to George A. Romero’s Dead films, but the game’s distributer Hip Interactive went bankrupt, and the game was never released (2006).

Has a son named Lon and a daughter named Chaney in tribute to his hero Lon Chaney.Huge fan of Professional Wrestling.

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Peter Jackson Birthday October 31

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Peter Robert Jackson, CNZM (born 31 October 1961) is a New Zealand filmmaker, producer and screenwriter, best known for The Lord of the Rings trilogy adapted from the novel by J. R. R. Tolkien. He is also known for his 2005 remake of King Kong and as the producer of the critically acclaimed film District 9.

He won international attention early in his career with his “splatstick” horror comedies, before coming to mainstream prominence with Heavenly Creatures, for which he shared an Academy Award Best Screenplay nomination with his partner, Fran Walsh. Jackson has been awarded a total of three Academy Awards in his career.

Trivia:

Owns two houses in Wellington, New Zealand.

Made the latex models for Bad Taste (1987) in his mom’s kitchen oven, often forcing the family to have sausages for dinner because they couldn’t use the oven.

Owner of production companies WingNut Films, Weta Limited and Three Foot Six.

Father of Billy Jackson and Katie Jackson.

Collects models of airplanes from World War One.

During filming of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), he used the same pair of shoes and only two T-shirts.

He likes 1960s music: his favorites are The Beatles (and he homaged them in Bad Taste (1987)).

After his parents, Bill and Joan, died, Jackson owns the modest Pukerua Bay house where he grew up.

The stuff in the bowl, in his first movie Bad Taste (1987), was yoghurt, muesli and green food colouring.

In 1998, he bought the New Zealand based film company National Film Unit.

Credits his favorite movie King Kong (1933) as his biggest inspiration in filmmaking. He said that he cried when King Kong fell off the Empire State Building.

The movie that gave him the love for splatter is George A. Romero’s Dawn of the Dead (1978). After seeing it, he felt a bit sick but amazed too.

Together with his partner Fran Walsh, he received the honorary graduation from Massey University [26 November 2001]

With Fran Walsh, he become member of the New Zealand Order of Merit [5 March 2002]

He left school at the age of 17 and started working on a Wellington newspaper.

For his first movie, Bad Taste (1987), he did all the special effects, the make-up effects and built exact replicas of the weapons.

He allegedly offered $150,000 to Aint-it-cool webmaster Harry Jay Knowles for his King Kong (1933) original poster.

Started writing a re-make of King Kong (1933) in 1996, which went through several drafts, until in 2003 he made one that was greenlighted by Universal.

Ranked #20 in Premiere’s 2003 annual Power 100 List. Had ranked #41 in 2002.

Voted ‘Man of the Year 2002′ in the Australian Empire Magazine March 2003.

Both of his parents died during production of The Lord of the Rings.

Met Fran Walsh in 1987, during post-production for the gross-out cult classic Bad Taste (1987).

Son of Bill Jackson and Joan Jackson.

Nominated for a Best Director Academy Award for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) (which he won), but not for The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002).

The London Daily Mail reported (December 5, 2003) that Jackson was so fond of King Kong (1933) that he once cut up his mother’s old fur coat and used it to make a model of the great ape; also that he consulted with Andy Serkis on the script of his version of the movie.

Has worked with three generations of Astins: John Astin (The Frighteners (1996)); John’s son, Sean Astin (The Lord of The Rings Trilogy); and Sean’s daughter, Alexandra Astin (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)).

Ranked #6 in Premiere’s 2004 annual Power 100 List. Had ranked #20 in 2003. He is the second-highest rated director on the list, behind only Steven Spielberg.

The copies of the “Lord of the Rings” books that he referred to during filming are the ones that he bought after seeing _Lord of the Rings, The (1978)_. The books have cover art by Ralph Bakshi.

Has been referred to by Fran Walsh as being a hobbit himself, due to his physical stature, his tendency to go barefoot, and the fact that he is swarthy (in Walsh’s words, “furry”).

Estimated earnings from the ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy come close to $125 million.

Along with his wife Fran Walsh, he was one of two husband/wife teams to be nominated for an Oscar for the 2003 season, the other team was Michael McKean and his wife, Annette O’Toole.

Three of his collaborators have had connections to the material being filmed, outside the context of the film being made. Ian Holm, whom he cast as Bilbo in The Lord of the Rings, was cast because he had played Frodo in the BBC radio adaptation. That adaptation was written by Brian Sibley, who is a cousin of his wife, Fran Walsh. In _Heavenly Creatures (1994)_, Kate Winslet plays Juliet Hulme, who would later be known as real-life mystery novelist Anne Perry. Winslet has a sister, Anna Winslet, who appears as Dora in The Cater Street Hangman (1998) (TV), which was based on one of Perry’s novels.

Is among an elite group of 7 directors who have won Best Picture, Best Director & Best Screenplay (Orig/Adapted) for the same film. In 2004 he won all three for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003). The other directors are Billy Wilder, Leo McCarey, Francis Ford Coppola, James L. Brooks and Joel Coen and Ethan Coen (the brothers co-produced, co-directed and co-wrote No Country for Old Men (2007) with each other).

Crowned the most powerful man in Hollywood by ranking #1 on Premiere’s 2005 Power 50 List. It is his first #1 ranking. Had ranked #6 in 2004.

Ranked #7 in Empire (UK) magazine’s “The Greatest directors ever!” [2005]

Lost 70 lbs. during the production of King Kong (2005).

No longer needs glasses after undergoing eye surgery during the making of King Kong (2005).

Described the production of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy as “laying the tracks down in front of the train” as it was moving forward.

Was invested as a Companion Of The New Zealand Order Of Merit [CNZM] by the Governor-General of New Zealand in March 2002.

Ranked #11 on Premiere’s 2006 “Power 50″ list. Had ranked #1 in 2005.

Is a fan of “Doctor Who” (1963), and has used the screen name Xoanon, taken from the Doctor Who story “The Face of Evil.”.

One of few directors to be offered the chance of writing and directing sequels to many famous horror franchises. He was offered Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III (1990), Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991), Freddy vs. Jason (2003), I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998), Exorcist: The Beginning (2004), Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995), Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth (1992) and Child’s Play 3 (1991).

2007 – Ranked #16 on EW’s The 50 Smartest People in Hollywood.

To acquaint actors who had not read the books with the story, he used the BBC Radio version of The Lord of the Rings, which starred Ian Holm. He ended up using Holm as Bilbo in the films.

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Winona Ryder Birthday October 29

 

 
 

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Winona Ryder

 

Winona Laura Horowitz (born October 29, 1971), better known under her professional name Winona Ryder, is an American actress who has appeared in film genres ranging from drama and comedy to science fiction. Her first significant role was as a goth teen in the 1988 Tim Burton film Beetlejuice, which won her critical and commercial recognition. After making various appearances in film and television, Ryder continued her career with the cult film Heathers (1989), a satire of teenage life. Ryder won a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress and an Academy Award nomination in the same category for her role in The Age of Innocence. In 2000, Ryder received a star on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood, California.

Trivia:

Her real hair color is blonde but when she made her first major film, Lucas (1986), her hair color was dyed black. She was told to keep it that color and with the exception of Edward Scissorhands (1990)it has stayed that color since.

Was engaged to Matt Damon. [2000]

Her December 22, 1999, guest spot on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” (1992) was her second-ever appearance on a talk show. She did it to promote Girl, Interrupted (1999), the first film on which she served as executive producer. She clearly had jitters but settled in comfortably. She made her first appearance on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” (1986) with Mermaids (1990) co-star Cher.

Injured knee while filming Girl, Interrupted (1999). [22 March 1999]

Ranked #42 in Empire (UK) magazine’s the Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time list. [October 1997]

Chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World. [1997]

Born at 11:00am, CDT.

She briefly checked herself into a hospital when she was 20, because she was suffering from depression, anxiety attacks, and exhaustion, resulting from constantly working on films.

Graduated from Petaluma High School with a 4.0 GPA.

Received a star on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood, California, in October 2000, and was voted Best-Dressed Celebrity of the Week by Entertainment Weekly for the event.

Helped Italian designer Giorgio Armani promote his Manhattan chain of stores. [1996]

Had to turn down the role of Nina in The Object of My Affection (1998) due to scheduling conflicts. [1997]

Chosen as one of the Top Players Under 35 list by People magazine. [1996]

Began work on Girl, Interrupted (1999), which took four more years to make it to the screen. [1996]

The role of Nola in Celebrity (1998) was actually written for Drew Barrymore. [1997]

Although there was no electricity on the commune where they lived, when Winona was seven, her mother began to run an old movie theater in a nearby barn and would screen movies all day. She allowed Winona to miss school to watch movies with her.

Independent filmmaker Jim Jarmusch wrote a part specifically for her in Night on Earth (1991), as a tattooed, chain-smoking cabbie who dreams of becoming a mechanic.

She dedicated the film Little Women (1994) to Polly Klaas, a young girl from her hometown of Petaluma, California, who was kidnapped and brutally murdered. She offered a $200,000 reward for anyone with information on the subject, and remains a strong supporter of the Polly Klaas Foundation.

Auditioned for the Marla Singer role in Fight Club (1999), which eventually went to Helena Bonham Carter.

Beat poet Allen Ginsberg was a close friend of her parents.

Upset with MGM for refusing to pre-screen Autumn in New York (2000), saying she was very proud of the film and that the studio was giving it a bad name before it was even released. [2000]

Refused to do promotion for Lost Souls (2000). [2000]

Signed on to “The Girl You Want.” After a few weeks of preproduction, she received a new version of the script, which she hated, and tried to get out of her contract. Touchstone Pictures threatened to sue her if she did, and so she completed the film. The film’s title was changed to Boys (1996) and sat on the shelf for more than a year. After it finally got its release, it was released in less than 100 theaters in North America and grossed less than five hundred thousand dollars. [1995]

Her favorite book is J.D. Salinger’s “The Catcher in the Rye.” She says she owns every paperback edition and translations.

In late 1999, she started her own music company, Roustabout Studios.

Presented Best Picture contender The Cider House Rules (1999) at the 72nd Academy Awards. [March 2000]

Appeared on the season finale of “Saturday Night Live” (1975) as herself. [19 May 2001]

Presented singer Björk at the 2001 Academy Awards in the category Best Original Song.

Had to turn down the role of Alice Sutton in Conspiracy Theory (1997), which went to Julia Roberts, because of scheduling conflicts.

The film Lost Souls (2000), though it was released in late 2000, was actually shot in 1998, and New Line Cinema kept in on the shelf for two years.

Had one date with Old 97’s frontman Rhett Miller, who wrote the song “Rollerskate Skinny” about her.

Turned down the lead role in Sabrina (1995) because she felt she could not fill Audrey Hepburn’s shoes and that the role was marked by sexism. [1994]

Her agent begged her not to do Heathers (1988), saying her career would be over.

Enrolled at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco at the age of 12.

The first house she bought was in the Hollywood Hills. She soon moved, saying she never fitted in.

Says Sarah Miles’s performance in Ryan’s Daughter (1970/I) inspired her to become a professional actress.

First auditioned for the role of Blanca in The House of the Spirits (1993) when she was sixteen, but the part went to Pernilla August. The film took years to get made, and when it finally did, August had to drop out at the last minute due to pregnancy, and Winona replaced her.

Dropped out of The Godfather: Part III (1990). She said in an interview later that year that she arrived in Rome to film and simply could not get out of bed. A doctor was called and ordered her to return home and sleep.

Dated Johnny Depp for many years. He had a tattoo of her name and after they broke up, he had it reduced to “Wino forever.”

Was considered for the part of Janet in a big-screen remake of “Three’s Company” (1977) opposite Ben Stiller and Cameron Diaz, but the project was eventually cancelled.

Suffered severe stomach pains and doubled over in pain. She was sent to her hotel room in London, England, UK, and later was admitted to the hospital and diagnosed with a severe gastroenterological disorder. She left the UK on August 24th. The sickness caused her to drop out of the (unreleased) film Lily and the Secret Planting (2002) and her part eventually went to Kate Winslet instead. Winona was said to have been very passionate about her role in the film and was heartbroken to leave. The incident brought to mind the similar 1990 stomach flu that caused her to drop out of The Godfather: Part III (1990) two days before filming began, causing a lot of controversy. [16 August 2001]

Was arrested in Beverly Hills for allegedly stealing clothing items and carrying illegal pharmaceutical drugs without a prescription. Her lawyer denied the accusations, and Winona was released later that evening on $20,000 bail. Despite her alleged crime, Beverly Hills police described her as “very friendly, polite, and cooperative” and “a nice lady.” [December 12, 2001]

Appeared on the cover of the June 2002 cover of W magazine wearing a “Free Winona” T-shirt. “Free Winona” T-shirts became popular over the Internet following her December 22, 2001 arrest, with many fans sporting them and purses in support.

Broke her arm during the filming of Mr. Deeds (2002), in the scene where she and Adam Sandler are riding bikes down a flight of stairs.

November 6, 2002. She was found guilty of vandalism and grand theft in connection with the shoplifting charges dating from back on December 12, 2001. Sentencing is scheduled for December 6, 2002. She was acquitted of a third charge, burglary.

6 December 2002 – Sentenced to 480 hours of community service, three years’ probation, $3700 in fines, and $6355 in restitution for her arrest on shoplifting charges.

Measurements: 34C-22-34 (1992- on set of “Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)”), 35C-23 1/2- 34 (1996 designer notes), (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine).

Was the host during Will Ferrell’s final episode as a regular cast member of “Saturday Night Live” (1975).

Dropped out of Eulogy (2004).

Turned down the role of Katrina in Sleepy Hollow (1999), which went to Christina Ricci.

A fan of the film Grey Gardens (1975).

Suffers from insomnia. She allegedly has had a habit of talking on the phone with actor Al Pacino, who also suffers from insomnia.

Suffers from aquaphobia due to trauma she suffered at the age of 12 when she nearly drowned. This caused problems when she had to act in some of the underwater scenes in Alien: Resurrection (1997). The scenes had to be re-shot numerous times because of this.

Member of jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 1998

Her friendship with best friend Gwyneth Paltrow ended in the late 1990s because their lives grew apart.

Persuaded Universal Pictures to turn the February 1994 Los Angeles premiere of Reality Bites (1994) into a benefit for the Polly Klaas Foundation. She also had enough clout to see that Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women” – Polly’s favorite book – was made into Little Women (1994), with Winona in the title role and the film dedicated to Polly Hannah Klaas.

She is the 2,165th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Her great friend, Anthony Hopkins attended the ceremony. November 2000.

Billy Wilder and William Holden are two artists for whom Ryder has great respect.

She serves on the Board of American Indian College Funds.

March 17, 2000, San Francisco International Film Festival awarded the prestigious Peter J. Owens Award to her for brilliance, independence and integrity.

Had several films that were announced but later canceled in the mid-2000s: Robert Altman’s “The Widow Claire,” Norman Jewison’s “Embers,” Jonas Åkerlund’s “Oskur Fishman,” and Elie Chouraqui’s “Beyond Friendship.”.

Her participation in The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things (2004) was reported by Italian newspapers months before the official announcements were made; Ryder claims she met author J.T. LeRoy in 1993 at an opera.

She was harassed her first week of junior high school when a group of bullies mistook her for an effeminate, scrawny boy.

VH1’s “100 Greatest Teen Stars” (2006) (mini) ranked her seventh.

She was given an honorary Master of Fine Arts degree from the American Conservatory Theater.

In 1995, she made yet another significant artistic departure, recording a spoken word reading of the famous diary of Anne Frank, for which she received a Grammy nomination. Winona became one of the few non-musicians to have been nominated for both an Oscar and a Grammy for different projects.

She has a younger brother Uri Horowitz (named after Yuri Gagarin), an older half-brother Jubal Palmer and an older half-sister Sunyata Palmer.

Her father’s family was originally named ‘Tomchin’, however she stated that they were wrongly assigned the name of the family that they were travelling with when they arrived at Ellis Island, in 1906.

Avid reader of 1960s literature (Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac), but also F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jane Austen, Aldous Huxley, Oscar Wilde, and many more. All-time favorite book is “The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger.

She is also into music and plays the guitar. Her favorite band at one point was ‘The Replacements’, but she also loves Tom Waits, Cocteau Twins, Wilco and many others.

She owns some of Hollywood’s stars’ most priceless possessions (Louis Armstrong’s bongo drums among others). She also has a collection of vintage Hollywood costumes, including Russ Tamblyn’s jacket from West Side Story (1961), Leslie Caron’s dress from An American in Paris (1951), Claudette Colbert’s gown from It Happened One Night (1934), Olivia de Havilland’s blouse from Gone with the Wind (1939), and Sandra Dee’s bikini from the “Tammy movies”.

Has done various commercials for cars (Subaru), coffee (Café Latté) and for Italian designer Giorgio Armani. Also participated in a clothing campaign (2003) for designer and friend Marc Jacobs (IV).

Most of her early childhood was spent in Petaluma,Sonoma county. The family spent some time in Columbia with Chilean revolutionaries in the mid-70s. They moved to a 300 acre commune in Elk, Mendocino County with seven other families in the late 1970s.

Her godfather is Timothy Leary.

Was considered for the part of Velma Kelly in Chicago (2002), but Catherine Zeta-Jones was cast instead.

Good friends with Courtney Love.

Was considered by director Neil LaBute for a part in The Wicker Man (2006). She however turned it down.

Took her last name Ryder from singer Mitch Ryder of the Detroit Wheels. She saw one of his albums in her father’s record collection.

The rock group, “The Wynona Ryders” named themselves after her.

Was offered the role of Shelby Eatenton-Latcherie in Steel Magnolias (1989). However Julia Roberts, who went on to receive a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for her performance, was cast instead.

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Joaquin Phoenix Birthday October 28

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Joaquin Phoenix

Joaquin Rafael Phoenix, (born October 28, 1974), formerly credited as Leaf Phoenix, is a film actor, musician, and occasional rapper. He was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where he lived for the first 4 years of his childhood. His family then moved to the continental United States, where he was raised. Among the many places in which he lived, because of his family’s frequent moving, were Mexico and various countries in South America. Phoenix is from a family of performers which includes his older brother, the late River Phoenix. Phoenix has ventured behind the camera, directing music videos as well as producing movies and television shows, and has recorded an album, the soundtrack to Walk the Line. He is also known for his work as a social activist, particularly as an advocate for animal rights. On October 27, 2008, he announced his retirement from film in order to focus on his rapping career.

Trivia:

 

Took his mother to the premiere of Gladiator (2000).

 

Was born Joaquin Rafael, but at the age of four he decided that he wanted a more earthy name, like his elder siblings River and Rain, so while he was raking leaves with his father he decided on Leaf. In the early ’90s he took back his birth name.

 

Brother of River Phoenix, Summer Phoenix, Rain Phoenix and Liberty Phoenix

 

His first name is pronounced “WAA-keen”

 

Once refused to wear shoes during a photo shoot for Prada because they were made out of leather.

 

He is a strict vegan. He refuses to wear any costumes made out of animal skin. For the movie Gladiator (2000), Quills (2000) and Walk the Line (2005), among others, he requested that his “leather” costumes be made from synthetic materials.

 

Was born on same day, year and city as Dayanara Torres.

 

Resides in New York City in the same apartment building as best friend Casey Affleck and sister Summer Phoenix and director Gus Van Sant.

 

Took his mother to the Academy Awards. [2001]

 

Joaquin’s mother is of Hungarian-Russian decent and his father is of Spanish-Irish decent.

 

Is a spokesperson for PETA.

 

Became an uncle again after sister, Summer Phoenix, gave birth to Indiana August Affleck (2004).

 

Uncle of Liberty Phoenix’s children Rio Everest, Indigo Orion and another boy, and Summer Phoenix’s son Indiana August.

 

Contrary to popular belief, the scar on his lip is not the result of a repaired cleft lip or palate. It is simply a birth mark. Phoenix has stated in interviews that, while pregnant with him, his mother felt a sharp pain one day, and he was born with a mark on his lip.

 

Shares a birthday with actress Julia Roberts.

 

Spoke Spanish as a small child but forgot most of it as he got older.

 

Reportedly never reads his own press or reviews.

 

Checked himself into rehab to be treated for alcoholism in early April 2005.

 

Phoenix is half a foot shorter than the real Johnny Cash was, although he plays him in Walk the Line (2005).

 

Did his own vocals on the Walk the Line (2005) soundtrack.

 

26 January 2006 – Escaped injury after his car overturned. The crash reportedly was caused by brake failure.

 

Phoenix was in car accident January 2006 on a winding canyon road that flipped his car over. Shaken and confused, Phoenix heard a tapping on his window and a voice say, “Just relax”. Unable to see the man, Phoenix replied, “I’m fine. I am relaxed”. Then managed to see that the man was famed, eccentric German auteur Werner Herzog, and Herzog replied, ‘No, you’re not’. After helping Phoenix out of the wreckage, Herzog phoned in an ambulance and vanished.

 

He and his brother have both appeared in film series that involved Harrison Ford. River Phoenix played the young Indiana Jones in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), and Ford’s son in The Mosquito Coast (1986). Joaquin is among those being considered to play John Clarke in the Jack Ryan spin-off Without Remorse (2011), a character that Willem Dafoe played opposite Ford in Clear and Present Danger (1994).

 

Often brings his mother or any of his three sisters as his date to movie premieres or award shows.

 

He and River Phoenix are the first brothers to be nominated for acting Academy Awards.

 

Favorite authors include Tennessee Williams, Rainer Maria Rilke and Hubert Selby Jr..

 

Rides a Ducati motorcycle and a yellow ’72 Le Mans.

 

Joaquin has been nominated for 3 categories in the Music Video Production Association Awards (2006), Directorial Debut, Direction of a New Artist, and Adult Contemporary.

 

Brother-in-law and best friend of Casey Affleck.

 

Invited to join AMPAS in 2006.

 

In his diner scene with Sean Penn in U Turn (1997) the song “Ring of Fire” by Johnny Cash starts playing. Years later, Joaquin played Cash in Walk the Line (2005).

 

Owns two cats.

 

Close friends with Matt Damon.

 

Close friends with Vince Vaughn.

 

Kate Winslet calls him the best actor of his generation.

 

Is of Russian, Spanish and Hungarian heritage.

 

Was friends with Heath Ledger.

 

Announced his retirement from acting and said that Two Lovers (2008) would be his last movie as an actor. [October 2008]

 

Won a Grammy in 2006 for Best Compilation Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media for Walk the Line (2005).

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Julia Roberts Birthday October 28

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Julia Roberts

 

Julia Fiona Roberts (born October 28, 1967) is an American actress. She became well known during the early 1990s after starring in the romantic comedy Pretty Woman opposite Richard Gere, which grossed $463 million worldwide. After receiving Academy Award nominations for Steel Magnolias in 1990 and Pretty Woman in 1991, she won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 2001 for her performance in Erin Brockovich. Her films, which also include romantic comedies such as My Best Friend’s Wedding, Mystic Pizza, Notting Hill, Runaway Bride, and crime films such as The Pelican Brief and Ocean’s Eleven and Twelve have collectively brought box office receipts of over $2 billion, making her the most successful actress in terms of box office receipts.

julia-robertsRoberts had become one of the highest-paid actresses in the world, topping the Hollywood Reporter’s annual “power list” of top-earning female stars from 2002 to 2005, until 2006, when Nicole Kidman won the top spot. Her fee for 1990’s Pretty Woman was $300,000; in 2003, she was paid an unprecedented $25 million for her role in Mona Lisa Smile. As of 2007, Roberts’s net worth was estimated to be $140 million.

Roberts was the first actress to appear on the cover of Vogue. GQ once erroneously claimed she was the first woman to appear on their cover, but later retracted the statement (Carol Channing appeared on a GQ cover in 1964). She has been named one of People magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People in the World” eleven times, tied with Halle Berry. In 2001 Ladies Home Journal ranked her as the 11th most powerful woman in America. Roberts has a production company called Red Om Films, formerly Shoelace Productions (“Moder” spelled backwards, after her husband’s last name).

Trivia:

Lent her celebrity name to help raise money for research to develop a cure for Rett Syndrome (a disease which is potentially fatal and randomly strikes girls between the ages of 2 to 6 years).

Chosen of the “50 Most Beautiful People in the World” by People magazine in 2000.

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Ranked #66 in Empire (UK) magazine’s “The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time” list (October 1997).

Was engaged to Kiefer Sutherland for a short period.

Sister of Lisa Roberts Gillan and Eric Roberts.

Chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World in 1990 and 1991.julia_roberts

Has “movie within a movie” scenes in The Player (1992), Notting Hill (1999), America’s Sweethearts (2001) and Full Frontal (2002).

Was considered for the role of Poison Ivy in Batman & Robin (1997).

She once tried out for a part on “All My Children” (1970), but was turned down.

Born to Walter Grady Roberts, a vacuum cleaner salesman, and his wife Betty Lou Bredemus, a one-time church secretary and real estate agent.

Ranked #1 (in Hollywood Power) and #12 (in $$) on Forbes magazine ‘Power 100′.

Tops the list of the 200 “hottest” actors and actresses in the business in “James Ulmer’s Hollywood Hot List: The Complete Guide to Star Power – 2000″ book which is published in October 2000 (June 2000).

julia_roberts-sexy_momsTurned down the Sharon Stone role in Basic Instinct (1992).

Frequently works with Steven Soderbergh

After George Clooney and Brad Pitt found out that she was going to be joining them in Ocean’s Eleven (2001), they sent her a card that read “We heard that you get 20 per film” and in it was a $20 bill; the joke was that she reportedly gets $20 million per film.

Named one of People Magazine’s ’25 Most Intriguing People of 2001′.

Named one of E!’s “top 20 entertainers of 2001″.

At the 2002 Peoples Choice Awards she admitted to being a huge fan of “Days of Our Lives” (1965) and asked to be seated near the cast.

Splits her down time between her ranch in Taos, New Mexico and a home in New York City.

Was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful People by People Magazine in 2002.julia-roberts-3

Was ranked 6th of the 100 Sexiest Women by FHM Taiwan (2001).

Married boyfriend, cameraman Daniel Moder, at their ranch home in Taos, New Mexico in a midnight ceremony. Bruce Willis was the only celebrity that attended her wedding to Daniel Moder. Julia wore a simple pink cotton halter dress by pal Judith Beylerian (4 July 2002).

She never acted in a sequel until Ocean’s Twelve (2004).

She has Irish ancestry.

Moved from rank # 18 in 2002 to rank #16 in 2003 on Premiere’s Annual Hollywood Power List. Also in 2003 Julia ranked #10 in Star TV’s Top 10 Box Office Stars of the 1990s. In 2005, Premiere Magazine Stars in Our Constellation feature ranked Julia as the #7 Greatest Movie Star of All Time. in their Stars in Our Constellation feature (2005).

Ranked #10 in Star TV’s Top 10 Box Office Stars of the 1990s (2003)

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She is a huge fan of actress Aishwarya Rai, whom she once commented on being “The most beautiful woman in the world, more beautiful than any Hollywood actress.”

Pakistani film director Rauf Khalid wanted her to work in his film, and even invited her to Pakistan to discuss the project, but she refused because of prior commitments.

Observed art history classes at New York University in order to prepare for her role in Mona Lisa Smile (2003).

Her Oscar-winning performance as Erin Brockovich-Ellis was ranked #31 on the American Film Institute’s Heroes list of the 100 years of The Greatest Screen Heroes and Villains.

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Announced that she and husband Daniel Moder are expecting twins. Twins run in her family. She is due in early 2005. [June 2004].

Shares a birthday with actor Joaquin Phoenix.

A 9000 year old female skeleton excavated in Bulgaria in November 2004, was called by the archaeologists “Julia Roberts” because of the perfect teeth it had. They said that woman would have had a perfect smile – just like the actress.julia-roberts-picture-3

Has worked with both Hector Elizondo and Richard Gere in two different movies, first in Pretty Woman (1990), and then again in Runaway Bride (1999).

Because Erin Brockovich-Ellis is right handed and Roberts is not, she had to learn to use her right hand for Erin Brockovich (2000).

Premiere Magazine ranked her as the #7 Greatest Movie Star of All Time in their Stars in Our Constellation feature (2005).

Has played an art historian twice, once in Everyone Says I Love You (1996) and also in Mona Lisa Smile (2003).

First actress to reach 20 million dollar mark salary (for Erin Brockovich (2000))

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She and her Ocean’s Eleven (2001) / Ocean’s Twelve (2004) co-stars, George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Elliott Gould, all have guest-starred on the TV show “Friends” (1994), though not in the same episodes

Was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful People by People Magazine in 2005 and appeared on the cover of the May 9, 2005 issue.

“The Alchemist” is one of her favorite books.

julia_roberts_1Roberts’ production company “Red Om” films is her husband Danny’s second name reversed

As a gesture of thanks for giving her children music lessons, Coretta Scott King paid the hospital bills when the pregnant Mrs. Roberts’ delivered her next child. That child ended up being Julia.

Early in her career, she auditioned unsuccessfully for two soap opera roles. She lost the part of “Linda Warner” to Melissa Leo on “All My Children” (1970); and the part of “Hayley Benson” to Stacy Edwards on “Santa Barbara” (1984).

Was named of the 100 Most Beautiful People by People Magazine in 2006.

Her great-grandmother Elin (Eleanor) was Swedish, born 1884 in Värmland, Sweden. She died in Minneapolis 1960, seven years before Julia was born.julia roberts2

Chosen “Sexiest Bespectacled Star” by the readers of “In Touch” magazine ahead of Felicity Huffman and Alicia Keys (November 2006).

Her Broadway debut in the play “Three Days of Rain” received terrible reviews for her performance and ran only 70 performances.

Cited as America’s Favorite Movie Star in a Harris Poll conducted in 2001.

Ranked #8 in Forbes the 20 Richest Women In Entertainment.

She won an Oscar for playing Erin Brockovich-Ellis in Erin Brockovich (2000), making her one of eleven actors to win the Award for playing a real person who was still alive at the evening of the Award ceremony (as of 2007). The other ten actors and their respective performances are: Spencer Tracy for playing Father Edward Flanagan in Boys Town (1938), Gary Cooper for playing Alvin C. York in Sergeant York (1941), Patty Duke for playing Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker (1962), Jason Robards for playing Benjamin C. Bradlee in All the President’s Men (1976), Robert De Niro for playing Jake LaMotta in Raging Bull (1980), Sissy Spacek for playing Loretta Lynn in Coal Miner’s Daughter (1980), Susan Sarandon for playing Helen Prejean in Dead Man Walking (1995), Geoffrey Rush for playing David Helfgott in Shine (1996), Jim Broadbent for playing John Bayley in Iris (2001/I) and, most recently, Helen Mirren for playing Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen (2006).

An accomplished equestrienne, Julia did her own riding in Runaway Bride (1999).

Turned down leading role in Sleepless in Seattle (1993) which went to Meg Ryan.

Received the American Cinematheque Award (10 October 2007).

Is an alumni of the Lee Strasberg Institute such as actors Angelina Jolie, Frank Miranda, Mickey Rourke, Scarlett Johansson, Rosario Dawson, Dennis Hopper.

Five directors that cast Julia at least twice are: Mike Nichols, Steven Soderbergh, Garry Marshall, Robert Altman and Joel Schumacher.

Good friends with Bruce Willis.

After divorcing Walter Roberts in January 1972, her mother Betty Lou married theater critic Michael Motes (11 September 1972).

Her films have grossed more than $ 2 billion at the US box office, making her the biggest female movie star of all time (February 2007).

Has supported UNICEF enthusiastically.

Buys her own organic greens at the market near her apartment in New York.

In 2006, she earned $5 million for endorsing Gianfranco Ferre. She posed for eight print ads, which was equivalent for one day of work.

Named #57 on Empire Magazine’s 100 Sexiest Movie Stars. (2007).

By 2004, she had a fortune estimated to be worth $212 million.

In 2007, Forbes Magazine estimated her earnings for the year at $9 million.

Made just one movie – Blood Red (1989) – with brother Eric Roberts.

Ranked #1 on Forbes magazine ‘Celebrity 100′ (2000).

Is one of six actresses that have won an Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Golden Globe Award and SAG Award for the same performance. The others in chronological order are Renée Zellweger for Cold Mountain (2003), Reese Witherspoon for Walk the Line (2005), Helen Mirren for The Queen (2006), Jennifer Hudson for Dreamgirls (2006) and Kate Winslet for The Reader (2008).

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Jeff Goldblum Birthday October 22

 

 

 

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Jeff Goldblum

 

 

Jeffrey Lynn “Jeff” Goldblum (born October 22, 1952) is an American actor. Currently, he stars as Detective Zach Nichols on the USA Network’s crime drama series Law & Order: Criminal Intent.

In 1974, Goldblum appeared in Death Wish as Freak # 1. Later in his career, as “Lacey Party Guest” in Annie Hall (1977), Goldblum is seen saying into the telephone at a Hollywood party, “I forgot my mantra.” Goldblum has had leading roles in films such as The Fly, Independence Day, The Lost World (1997), Earth Girls Are Easy and The Tall Guy. Goldblum’s strong supporting roles include those in Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978), The Big Chill (1983), Into the Night (1985), Jurassic Park (1993), and he also had strong supporting roles in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) and the cult films The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension (1984) and Igby Goes Down (2002).

For several years, Goldblum was the voice for most U.S. Apple commercials, including advertisements for the iMac and iBook. He also voices some U.S. Toyota commercials as well as Procter & Gamble’s facial cream line. He has recently appeared on Irish TV in commercials for the National Lottery.

Goldblum taught acting at Playhouse West in North Hollywood with Robert Carnegie. It was with several actors from this acting company that he improvised and directed the live action short film Little Surprises, which was nominated for an Academy Award in 1996.

Goldblum got the role of Adam in the upcoming film Adam Resurrected, a film adaptation of the Yoram Kaniuk novel. Jeff is a German entertainer who becomes the ringleader to a group of Holocaust survivors in an asylum after World War II.

In September 2006, it was announced that Goldblum was one of the founding members of a new theater company in New York called The Fire Dept. According to press materials, “The Fire Dept is made up of established and emerging writers, directors, actors and designers who have come together to create and produce work that cannot be replicated inside a television box or on a movie screen…The work of The Fire Dept combines the rigor and structure of great narrative storytelling with the vitality of formal experimentation to immerse audiences in a total experience that leaves them awake, alive and transformed.” The company will devote energy into developing new live theater works as well as interpreting old favorites.

His guest appearance was on Sesame Street in 1990 as Bob’s long-lost brother Minneapolis (parody of Indiana Jones) where Big Bird’s friend Snuffleupagus had “the golden cabbage of Snuffertiti” hidden in his cave. He has also appeared on Tom Goes to the Mayor, The Colbert Report, and Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job!.

Goldblum replaced Chris Noth as a Senior Detective on Law & Order: Criminal Intent. In the series, Goldblum plays the role of Detective Zach Nichols.

Trivia:

Is the voice behind the iMac/iBook commercials for Apple Computer.

Engaged to Laura Dern. [1995-1997]

In a jazz band called “The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra” with actor Peter Weller, they perform at local clubs in Los Angeles. They were also in a band together in the movie The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984).

Studied acting at New York City’s prestigious Neighborhood Playhouse under the guidance of legendary acting coach, Sanford Meisner.

Was engaged to Catherine Wreford, a 23 year old dancer from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Appears alongside ex-wife Geena Davis in three films, back to back: Transylvania 6-5000 (1985); The Fly (1986) and Earth Girls Are Easy (1988).

While filming Earth Girls Are Easy (1988), he and co-stars Damon Wayans and Jim Carrey took approximately two hours to be suited up as the aliens.

Along with Jim Carrey and Damon Wayans, his voice was dubbed for certain scenes in Earth Girls Are Easy (1988).

After playing the victim of an alien invasion in the remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), he appears in two films in which he fights aliens: The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984) and Independence Day (1996). Also one where he plays an alien: Earth Girls Are Easy (1988).

He can wiggle his ears one at a time. He demonstated this talent on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” (1993).

Has worked twice with three of the writers of Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981): the film’s director, Steven Spielberg, directed him in Jurassic Park (1993) and The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997); the screenwriter, Lawrence Kasdan, directed him in The Big Chill (1983) and Silverado (1985). Philip Kaufman, whose idea it was for Indy to pursue the Ark of the Covenant, directed him in Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) and The Right Stuff (1983).

Appears in two remakes of cult science fiction/horror films: Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) and The Fly (1986).

Member of jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 1999.

Born on the same day as actor Christopher Lloyd.

Father was a doctor and mother a radio broadcaster. Has two older brothers, Rick and Lee, and a sister Pamela. Older brother Rick (by four years) died of kidney failure while traveling in Morocco at age 23. Lee is a realtor and Pamela an artist.

Almost got the part of ‘Dr. David Blume’ in Blue Sunshine (1976), but lost the part to Robert Walden because the director thought he had better chemistry with leading actor Zalman King.

Appeared opposite his then-girlfriend Geena Davis in The Fly (1986), and future girlfriend Laura Dern in Jurassic Park (1993). In both films, each actress’s character remarks that “Something went wrong.”.

In three films, Jeff Goldblum plays characters that have some sort of vomit-related sickness. In The Right Stuff (1983) he plays a NASA promoter who gets seasick. In The Fly (1986), Seth Brundle gets motion sickness which is why he invents teleporting. And in Independence Day (1996), David Levinson gets airsick. It’s unknown if Goldblum actually suffers from any of these.

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Ed Wood, Jr. Birthday October 10, 1924

 

Ed Wood, Jr.

Edward Davis Wood, Jr. (October 10, 1924 – December 10, 1978), better known as Ed Wood, was an American screenwriter, director, producer, actor, author, and editor, who often performed many of these functions simultaneously. In the 1950s, Wood made a run of cheap and poorly produced genre films, now humorously celebrated for their technical errors, unsophisticated special effects, large amounts of ill-fitting stock footage, idiosyncratic dialogue, eccentric casts and outlandish plot elements, although his flair for showmanship gave his projects at least a modicum of critical success.

Wood’s popularity waned soon after his biggest ‘name’ star, Béla Lugosi, died. He was able to salvage a saleable feature from Lugosi’s last moments on film, but his career declined thereafter. Toward the end of his life, Wood made pornographic movies and wrote pulp crime, horror, and sex novels. His posthumous fame began two years after his death, when he was awarded a Golden Turkey Award as Worst Director of All Time. The lack of conventional filmmaking ability in his work has earned Wood and his films a considerable cult following.

Following the publication of Rudolph Grey’s biography Nightmare of Ecstasy: The Life and Art of Edward D. Wood, Jr. (1992), Wood’s life and work have undergone a public rehabilitation of sorts, with new light shed on his evident zeal and honest love of movies and movie production. Tim Burton’s biopic of the director’s life, Ed Wood, earned two Academy Awards.

Trivia:

Reportedly went into battle during his stint in the marines wearing a red bra and panties under his uniform.

One of Mr. Wood’s pseudonyms (Akdov Telmig) is vodka gimlet spelled backwards…

At the time of his death, the industry newspaper, Variety, failed to run his obituary.

A surviving non-fiction manuscript, supposedly written by Wood, about working in Hollywood was published as “Hollywood Rat Race” in December 1998.

The continued interest in Wood led to two of his steamy adult paperbacks being reset and republished. They included “Death of a Transvestite” (1967, aka “Let Me Die in Drag”) republished in 1995 and 1999, and “Killer in Drag” (1965) that was republished in 1999.

Wood served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II and took part in the storming of the beaches at Tarawa.

His first wife, Norma McCarty, kicked him out of their house on their wedding night when she discovered he was wearing women’s underwear. The marriage was never consummated, serving as grounds for an annulment less than six months later.

Upon returning to the US following WWII, he briefly attended Northwestern University in Chicago before joining a travelling carnival (he started out as the Geek, biting the heads off of live chickens, before becoming the Half Man, Half Woman).

Enlisted in the US Marine Corps in May of 1942. His claims to wearing women’s underwear in battle never seem to distract him from his duty: In addition to taking part in combat in the Marshall Islands and Naumea, he also survived the bloody battle for Tarawa. By all accounts he was a fierce combat soldier. During the invasion he had most of his front teeth knocked out in hand-to-hand combat with a Japanese soldier. Wood later served in a G-2 (intelligence) unit in the South Pacific, until he was machine-gunned up one of his legs which then became gangrenous. He served out the remainder of his time as an office typist, and was honorably discharged in 1944. He was decorated with the Silver and Bronze Stars, two Purple Hearts, and Sharpshooter’s Medal. By all accounts, Wood was an exemplary combat soldier.

Born October 10th, the same day that his idol Orson Welles died many years later.

Is portrayed by Johnny Depp in Ed Wood (1994)

Four of his films have been lampooned on the television series “Mystery Science Theater 3000″ (1988): The Unearthly (1957), Bride of the Monster (1955), The Violent Years (1956) and The Sinister Urge (1960). MST’s producers considered including Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959), but found it had too much dialog for the show’s format, and that it would make too obvious a target, stating that “Everyone’s made fun of ‘Plan 9 From Outer Space’.” Series regular and head writer Michael J. Nelson would, however, go on to do an audio commentary for a 2006 DVD release.

One of his regular cast members was Lyle Talbot, who also played Commissioner Gordon in one of the first Batman serials. The biopic of Ed Wood was directed by Tim Burton, who also directed two Batman films.

Executor of B-actor Kenne Duncan’s estate. Duncan and Wood were good friends and long time drinking buddies. Wood held Duncan’s (a BYOB event) wake at the pool of his apartment building and invited guests to give their recollections of his friend on the diving board.

Noted actor George Zucco, whose career had hit the skids and trying to recover from a recent stroke, approached Wood about working for him in 1953. Zucco literally begged him for work, but Wood had nothing in the casting stage at the time.

Hired Lyle Talbot and Bela Lugosi at the nadir of their careers. Both actors would be paid off daily in cash, not necessarily by their demands (although Lugosi was often insistent due to his heroin habit). Wood habitually paid off everyone, cast and crew, in cash. In the last few years of his life this habit led to him being rolled stumbling out of liquor stores in the seedy neighborhood he lived in.

Profiled in Tom Weaver’ book “It Came from Weaver Five” (McFarland & Co., 1996).

Sigourney Weaver Birthday October 8

 

Sigourney Weaver

Sigourney Weaver

 

Sigourney Weaver (born October 8, 1949) is an American actress. She is best known for her roles as Lieutenant Ellen Ripley in the Alien film series and as Dana Barrett in the Ghostbusters movies. Weaver is also a three-time Academy Award nominee for her performances in Aliens, Gorillas in the Mist and Working Girl. She is still one of the very few actresses who has ever been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in a science fiction movie (Aliens).

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Although Weaver has played a number of critically acclaimed roles in movies such as Gorillas in the Mist, The Ice Storm, Dave, and The Year of Living Dangerously, she is best known for her appearances as Warrant Officer/Lieutenant Ellen Ripley in the blockbuster Alien movie franchise. She first appeared as Ripley in Ridley Scott’s 1979 film Alien. She reprised the role in three sequels, Aliens, Alien 3, and Alien Resurrection. She was nominated for a Best Actress Academy Award for portraying Ripley in Aliens. She also starred in two films in 1988, receiving Academy Award sigourney-weavernominations for her roles as Katherine Parker in Working Girl and as naturalist Dian Fossey in Gorillas in the Mist. She lost out to Geena Davis and Jodie Foster respectively, although she received Golden Globes for both roles.

 

Weaver also appeared in Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II as Dana Barrett. She played the role of agoraphobic criminal psychologist Helen Hudson in the 1995 movie Copycat, and went on to become one of the most highly paid actresses of the 1990s. In addition to her trademark role as Ripley, Weaver has recently concentrated on smaller roles such as 1999’s A Map of the World and 2006’s Snow Cake. She has also appeared in comedic roles, such as Jeffrey (1994), Galaxy Quest (1999), and Heartbreakers (2001), in which she starred with Jennifer Love Hewitt.

sigourney-weaverIn 1997, Weaver won the BAFTA Award for her supporting role in Ang Lee’s The Ice Storm. In 2003, she was voted 20th in Channel 4’s countdown of the 100 greatest movie stars of all time. She was one of only two women in the top 20 (the other was Audrey Hepburn). That year, she also played The Warden in the movie Holes. In 2006, Weaver returned to Rwanda for the BBC special Gorillas Revisited.

Weaver was approached to star in The Accused but felt the nature of the story was too violent. She was considered for the role of Catherine Tramell in Basic Instinct, but Sharon Stone was cast instead.  Bryan Singer originally wanted Weaver for the role of Emma Frost in X-Men: The Last Stand, but Singer (along with screenwriter Dan Harris, who had directed Weaver in Imaginary Heroes) left the project, and the idea to include Frost was dropped. In 2009, Weaver starred as Mary Griffith in her first made-for-TV movie, Prayers for Bobby, for which she was nominated for an Emmy Award. She also guest starred in the TV show Eli Stone in the fall of 2008.

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Weaver also has done voice work in television and film. She had a guest role in the Futurama episode “Love and Rocket” in February 2002, playing the female Planet Express Ship. In 2006, she was the narrator for the American version of the Emmy Award-winning series Planet Earth. Also in 2006, Weaver narrated “A Matter of Degrees”. A short film that plays daily at The Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks (The Wild Center) in Tupper Lake, New York. In 2008, Weaver was featured as the voice of the ship’s computer in the Pixar and Disney release, WALL•E. She also voiced a narrating role in another computer-animated film, 2008’s The Tale of Despereaux, based on the novel by Kate DiCamillo. Weaver has also expressed interest in starring in a fifth Alien film. Pre-production details for the film are expected to start soon.

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Trivia:

Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#81). [1995]

Attended the Ethel Walker School in Simsbury, CT.

Her dad Sylvester L. Weaver Jr. (“Pat” Weaver), NBC-TV president (1953- 55), pioneered the desk-and-couch talk show format that still survives on two programs he created – NBC’s “Today” (1952) and “Tonight!” (1953) (aka “The Tonight Show”) shows.

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Ranked #71 in Empire (UK) magazine’s “The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time” list. [October 1997]

Changed her name after reading “The Great Gatsby”.

Debuted in Woody Allen ‘s Annie Hall (1977), duration: 6 seconds.

Family: Daughter of NBC-TV executive Sylvester L. Weaver Jr. (“Pat” Weaver) and actress Elizabeth Inglis, older brother, Trajan Weaver. Uncle, actor Doodles Weaver.

Afraid to travel in elevators.

#13 of Sci-Fi’s Sexy 50, by Femme Fatales magazine. [1997]

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Eye/hair color: brown

Speaks fluent French and German.

Graduated from Stanford University in 1972 with a bachelor’s degree in English.

Has one daughter, Charlotte Simpson, was born on 13 April 1990.

She is one of the elite eleven thespians to have been nominated for both a Supporting and Lead Acting Academy Award in the same year for theirsigourney-weaver achievements in two different movies. The other nine are Fay Bainter, Teresa Wright, Barry Fitzgerald (he has been nominated in both categories for the same role in the same movie), Jessica Lange, Al Pacino, Emma Thompson, Holly Hunter, Julianne Moore, Jamie Foxx and Cate Blanchett.

Her salary for Alien: Resurrection (1997) was more than the entire cost of the original Alien (1979) movie.

Measurements: 34B-24-35 (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)

Suffered nightmares for two weeks after reading the script for The Village (2004).

Was nominated for Broadway’s 1985 Tony Award as Best Actress (Featured Role – Play) for David Rabe’s “Hurlyburly,” but lost to a co-star, Judith Ivey.

Has worked with three Bagginses. In Alien (1979) she works with Ian Holm, who played Frodo in the BBC radio adaptation and Bilbo in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003). In The Ice Storm (1997) she worked with Elijah Wood, who played the part in the film. In Aliens (1986) the stunt double for Newt was Kiran Shah, who was also Wood’s scale double.

Though they have never worked together she has co-starred with nine actors who have also co-starred with Jamie Lee Curtis: Ray Liotta, Dan Aykroyd, Kevin Kline, Tim Allen, J.E. Freeman, Mel Gibson, Elijah Wood, Philip Bosco and Bill Paxton. Both have co-starred with Michelle Williams. They have also both worked with composer John Ottman and director James Cameron.

In many of her roles her character has had to deal with artificially intelligent spaceships. In the “Alien” movies, she battles them. In Galaxy Quest (1999), much to her character’s chagrin, she repeated whatever the spaceship said. In addition, on an episode of “Futurama” (1999), and in the film WALL·E (2008), she had the chance to voice a spaceship.

Member of jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 1998

Attended the Yale School of Drama

Remains in contact with her former Aliens (1986) co-star Carrie Henn.

In the film Alien: Resurrection (1997) Sigourney actually managed to sink the basketball into the hoop backwards on the first take, even though she wasn’t supposed to or intended to. The shot was almost ruined because Ron Perlman broke character because he was so amazed.

Her performance as Ellen Ripley in Aliens (1986) is ranked #58 on Premiere Magazine’s 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).

Her performance as Ellen Ripley in the “Alien” quadrilogy is ranked #8 on Premiere Magazine’s 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.

Injured her knee during the shooting of Snow Cake (2006) and has been forced to stop exercising for a year.

Friend of Selina Cadell.

Ranked #20 on E4’s 100 Greatest Movie Stars. She was the second highest female on the list behind #13 Audrey Hepburn.

Along with Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie, Janet Leigh, Jodie Foster, Glenn Close, Kathy Bates, Eileen Heckart, Ruth Gordon, Patty McCormack, Nancy Kelly, Toni Collette, Ellen Burstyn and Linda Blair, she is one of the few actresses to have been nominated for an Oscar for a performance in a horror movie.

Singer/songwriter Mike Garrigan wrote a song entitled “Sigourney Weaver” that pays tribute to the actress.

Dana Barrett, her character in the Ghostbusters films, is the only character among the leads who did not appear in the animated adaptation, The Real Ghostbusters (1986).

Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#74). [2007].

Ranked #74 on Empires’s 100 Sexiest Movie Stars. (2007).

Has turned down several high-profile roles over the years: the Shelley Duvall role in Annie Hall (1977), the Brooke Shields role in The Blue Lagoon (1980), the Kathleen Turner role in Body Heat (1981), the Debra Winger role in An Officer and a Gentleman (1982), the Michelle Pfeiffer role in Scarface (1983), the Amy Irving role in Yentl (1983), the Linda Hamilton role in The Terminator (1984), the Glenn Close role in Fatal Attraction (1987), the Kelly McGillis role in The Accused (1988), the Nicole Kidman role in Dead Calm (1989), the Natasha Richardson role in The Handmaid’s Tale (1990), the Geena Davis role in Thelma & Louise (1991), the Sharon Stone role in Basic Instinct (1992) and the Holly Hunter role in The Piano (1993).

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