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Tia Carrere Birthday January 2

Tia Carrere

Tia Carrere

Tia Carrere (born Althea Rae Duhinio Janairo on January 2, 1967) is an American actress, model, and singer, perhaps most widely known for her role as Cassandra Wong in the feature films Wayne’s World and Wayne‘s World 2 and as Sydney Fox in the TV series Relic Hunter.

Trivia:

Was offered a role on “Baywatch” (1989) but turned it down so she could audition for Wayne’s World (1992).

Worked as a model. She is a singer. Released an album called “Dream.”

Heritage is “part Chinese, part Spanish, part Filipino.”

Her little sister could not say “Althea”, it came out “Tia.”

Had a body double used in nude hot tub scene in the film Showdown in Little Tokyo (1991).

As Cassandra in Wayne’s World (1992), she performed all her songs as the singer and featured on the soundtrack.

Was an acting contestant on “Star Search” (1983) in 1985; she lost in her first round.

Has a recording studio at home.

Featured in Playboy Magazine, January 2003 edition

Named one of the “50 Most Beautiful People in the World” by people magazine (1992)

She ranked # 69 in FHM-USA’s 100 Sexiest Women (2001)

Studied acting in the same class with actor Casper Van Dien.

Cousin of “Maria Antenorcruz”.

Daughter, Bianca, born 25 September 2005 in Los Angeles, California.

Her husband, Simon Wakelin, is a British photojournalist.

Scott Spiegel Birthday December 24

Scott Spiegel

Scott Spiegel

Scott Spiegel (born December 24, 1957) is an American screenwriter, film director and producer. He is best known for co-writing the screenplay for the movie Evil Dead II with longtime friend, film director Sam Raimi, with whom he attended Wylie E. Groves High School in Birmingham, Michigan. Spiegel played the role of Scotty in Raimi’s Within the Woods, which served as a precursor to The Evil Dead.

When Spiegel first moved to Los Angeles, he shared a house in with directors Raimi and Joel Coen, producer Ethan Coen and actresses Holly Hunter, Frances McDormand and Kathy Bates. He shared yet another house with roommate and film editor Bob Murawski (Spider-Man). In the early 1990s, he introduced film director Quentin Tarantino to producer Lawrence Bender, who helped Tarantino get Reservoir Dogs made.

Spiegel grew up in what was then “rural” Birmingham, Michigan. He attended Walnut Lake Elementary school and then went on to attend West Maple Jr. High School. It was here that Scott met Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell. Spiegel worked at the local grocery market across from Walnut Lake Elementary School and it is from this market that Scott would later draw upon the memories to come up with classic scenes that would eventually be worked into many of the scenes of the movies he would either write or direct.

In 1999, Spiegel directed the direct-to-video sequel to From Dusk Till Dawn, Texas Blood Money. Spiegel formed the production company Raw Nerve with film directors Eli Roth, and Boaz Yakin. Raw Nerve produced the film Hostel (2005), directed by Roth.

Trivia

Went to high school with Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell. All three men remain friends to this day.

Is a Three Stooges fanatic.

Has all the episodes of “Lost in Space” (1965) on tape.

Loves horror movies.

Introduced Quentin Tarantino to producer Lawrence Bender, who helped Tarantino get Reservoir Dogs (1992) made. Tarantino subsequently credited Spiegel with helping him establish his filmmaking career.

Used to share a house in Los Angeles, California with directors Sam Raimi and Joel Coen, producer Ethan Coen and actresses Holly Hunter, Frances McDormand and Kathy Bates. Later shared a house with film editor Bob Murawski.

Quentin Tarantino slept on his couch when starting out in a film career, as he often had nowhere to stay and was penniless.

Formed production company, Raw Nerve, with film directors Eli Roth and Boaz Yakin, which focuses on producing horror films.

Was original choice to direct Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995).

Olivia Wilde Birthday March 10


Olivia Wilde

Olivia Wilde

Olivia Wilde (born Olivia Jane Cockburn; March 10, 1984) is an Irish-American actress and model. She began acting in the early 2000s, and has since appeared in a number of film and television parts, including roles in the series The O.C. and The Black Donnellys. She portrayed Dr. Remy “Thirteen” Hadley in the TV drama House,  and most recently starred as Quorra in Tron: Legacy.

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Olivia Wilde in Tron Legacy

Trivia

Granddaughter of James Helvick and Jean Ross.

Daughter of Andrew Cockburn and Leslie Cockburn.

Attended Georgetown Day School in Washington, DC, through 8th grade.

Olivia Wilde in TRON

Olivia Wilde in TRON

Sister-in-law of Bartolomeo Ruspoli and Aileen Getty.

Daughter-in-law of Dado Ruspoli and Debra Berger.

Attended Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin, Ireland.

2005: Named #61 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100.

Spent one month on the set of The Girl Next Door (2004) before being asked to join the cast.

Raised in Washington, DC.

Graduated from Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts.

Has a dog named Paco who, as of July 26, 2006, is the new mascot for Old Navy.

Best friends with Patrick Fugit and Megalyn Echikunwoke.

Won Best Actress at HBO’s US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, 2006 for her role in Bickford Shmeckler’s Cool Ideas (2006).

2006: Named #95 in FHM magazine’s “100 Sexiest Women in the World 2006″ supplement.

Has dual citizenship between Ireland and the United States.

Eloped with her husband, who is an Italian prince, when she was 18. They married in his family’s castle in Vignanello, Italy.

Ranked #97 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2008 list.

Husband Tao Ruspoli is the son of a prince (Papal title).

Once won a pancake eating contest while in Australia.

Ranked #1 on the Maxim magazine “Hot 100″ of 2009 list.

Is a natural blond.

Is a vegan.

Is Irish-American.

Was rumored to play the lead Bond girl in Bond 23.

Replaced Kate Hudson in Butter (2011).

Close friends with Kal Penn.

Niece of Alexander Cockburn, Patrick Cockburn and Sarah Caudwell.

A lifelong lover of classic cars, the actress owns a 1958 Chevy Biscayne and a 1959 Thunderbird Convertible. Once owned a 1966 Lincoln Continental with suicide doors.

Adopted her professional name “Wilde” after she developed a profound respect and admiration for Irish poet and writer Oscar Wilde and his body of literature.

Katie Cassidy Birthday November 25

Katie Cassidy

Katie Cassidy

Katherine Evelyn AnitaKatieCassidy (born November 25, 1986) is an American actress who has performed in The CW TV series Melrose Place, Supernatural, Harper’s Island, and Gossip Girl, and on the films When a Stranger Calls, Black Christmas, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Taken, Monte Carlo, and has roles in the upcoming film Fencewalker.

 

Trivia

Started off her career modeling with Abercrombie and Fitch.

Daughter of David Cassidy and Sherry Williams.

Did a cover of her father’s song, “I Think I Love You”.

Granddaughter of the late Jack Cassidy and Evelyn Ward.

Has appeared in three remakes of three classical movie thrillers: When a Stranger Calls (2006) (originally released in 1979), Black Christmas (2006) (originally released in 1974) and A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010) (originally released in 1984).

Has 2 older sisters, Jenna & Jaime.

Jesse McCartney wrote his song “Tell Her” for Katie.

Was going to appear in a 2007 remake of Revenge of the Nerds (1984) starring Adam Brody but after three weeks of filming the project was canceled.

Her favorite colors are black and blue.

Stepdaughter of Sue Shifrin.

Niece of Shaun Cassidy, Patrick Cassidy and Ryan Cassidy.

Ex-stepgranddaughter-in-law of Shirley Jones.

Is of German and Irish descent.

Cousin of Caitlin Cassidy and John Cassidy.

 

Anne Hathaway Birthday November 12

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Anne Hathaway

Anne Jacqueline Hathaway (born November 12, 1982) is an American actress. After several stage roles, she appeared in the 1999 television series Get Real. She played Mia Thermopolis in The Princess Diaries (2001). Over the next three years, Hathaway reprised that role for The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, and starred in family films, appearing as the title character in Ella Enchanted, both in 2004.

Hathaway had dramatic roles in Havoc and Brokeback Mountain, both in 2005. She starred in The Devil Wears Prada (2006) and starred in Becoming Jane (2007) as Jane Austen. In 2008, she was acclaimed for her lead role in Rachel Getting Married, for which she won awards and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress. In 2010, she starred in the box office hits Valentine’s Day, Love and Other Drugs and Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland. She is scheduled to play Selina Kyle in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises.

People magazine named her one of its breakthrough stars of 2001, and she first appeared on its list of the world’s 50 Most Beautiful People in 2006.

Trade Mark

Her smile.

Trivia

First and only teenager admitted to the acting program at the award-winning The Barrow Group in New York. Three days before being cast in “Get Real” (1999), she performed in two concerts at Carnegie Hall as member of All- Eastern U.S. High School Honors Chorus.

Appeared at both 1999 Teen Choice Awards and 1999 Billboard Awards, introducing musical acts.

In his column “Just for Variety” published on October 25, 2000 in Daily Variety, columnist Army Archerd quotes Garry Marshall, the director of The Princess Diaries (2001): “The multi-talented Hathaway is a combination Julia Roberts, Audrey Hepburn and Judy Garland.”

Goes by the name Annie with all of her friends.

Attended Millburn High school.

Daughter of stage actress Kate McCauley Hathaway.

Has the same name as William Shakespeare’s wife, Anne Hathaway.

Named one of People Magazine’s ‘Breakthrough Stars of 2001′.

Named one of Teen People Magazine’s 25 Hottest Stars Under 25 in its June 2002 issue.

anne hathaway

Anne Hathaway

Won the Clarence Derwent Award for her performance as Lili in the City Center Encores! production of Carnival (2002)

Was a vegetarian for most of her life, but has recently quit.

Father Gerard is an Attorney, mother Kate McCauley Hathaway is a singer/actress.

Grew up in New Jersey.

Was majoring in English & minoring in Women’s Studies at Vassar. Transferred to New York University in 2005.

Was nominated for the Paper Mill’s “Rising Star Award” for the best high school performance by an actress in New Jersey

She was nominated for the 2002 Teens Choice Award in the Best Actress/ Comedy (The Princess Diaries (2001)) series category.

In 1998, was nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role at the Paper Mill Playhouse “Rising Star Awards”, an award given to high schools across New Jersey. Ironically, she was nominated for playing the Princess in “Once Upon A Mattress”. To further the irony, she lost to a girl who was played the exact same role. The nomination ballot listed her as Annie Hathaway.

Parents Gerard and Kate attended La Salle University in Philadelphia during the 1970s graduating one year apart.

Everyone knows that The Princess Diaries (2001) was her breakthrough role, but it is a little known fact that she auditioned for that part on her way to New Zealand to co-star in another film with Christopher Gorham. She reported to others on the set that she felt really good about the audition. Film-makers knew that she would be a big star, so the film in question, The Other Side of Heaven (2001), was delayed in post production and released after The Princess Diaries (2001) in order to capitalize on her stardom.

Was not available for role of Christine Daae in The Phantom of the Opera (2004) due to contractual obligation to Disney for The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004).. The two movies had overlapping filming schedules.

Attended Wyoming School in Millburn, New Jersey.

Has stated that she would only appear nude/topless in a film if she felt it would add significance to it. She appeared topless for the first time in Havoc (2005) and then in the same year in Brokeback Mountain (2005).

Has a dog (chocolate Labrador) named Esmerelda, born July 2004.

Named one of Teen People Magazine’s 25 Hottest Stars Under 25 in its June 2006 issue for the second time. She was also on the list in 2002.

anne hathaway formal dress

Anne Hathaway

Was ranked #85 on FHM’s sexiest women in the world list 2006.

In July 2006 she spent a week in Nicaragua helping vaccinate kids there against Hepatitis A. She called the experience “..an eye opener” for her.

Beat out Sienna Miller for the role of “Lureen Twist” in the movie Brokeback Mountain (2005).

Was very reluctant to take on the role of Jane Austen in Becoming Jane (2007) as she didn’t think she would be suited for the role but Ang Lee, who was directing Anne in Brokeback Mountain (2005) (and who also directed Sense and Sensibility (1995)) persuaded her to take on the role.

Favorite actresses are Cate Blanchett, Sigourney Weaverand Michelle Pfeiffer

Plans on finishing her degree from NYU someday.

Her role models are Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet and Meryl Streep

Learning how to play the piano and working with a dialect coach for Becoming Jane (2007).

She is an honoree of women’s empowerment organization the Step Up Women’s Network and is also an advisor for the Lollipop Theater Network, that screens movies in hospitals for the terminally ill.

In 2004 received Chanel’s Spotlight Award for Emerging Talent.

Has an older brother Michael who is a writer and a younger brother Tom who is an aspiring actor.

Named #85 in FHM magazine’s “100 Sexiest Women in the World 2006″ supplement. (2006).

Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway

Bust 36B (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine).

She befriended Emily Blunt on the set of The Devil Wears Prada (2006). They are fast friends now, Emily calls Anne ‘her rock’.

Favorite movies are Elizabeth (1998), Stand by Me (1986), Amélie (2001), Pretty Woman (1990) and City of God (2002) (City of God).

Favorite actors are Joaquin Phoenix and Ralph Fiennes.

After the release of The Princess Diaries (2001), Anne’s hometown newspaper, The Item, printed an article comparing Anne to Greta Garbo because of the paper’s inability to get an interview with Anne (who was busy making movies and living in LA at the time).

She grew up in Millburn Township, New Jersey, which is adjacent to the town of Summit, NJ, which is the birthplace of her The Devil Wears Prada (2006) co-star Meryl Streep. Meryl grew up in Bernardsville, NJ. It is also adjacent to Maplewood, NJ, which has Columbia High School that Zach Braff attended (as well as Grammy-winning artist and former Fugee Lauryn Hill), and Zach Braff’s “Scrubs” (2001) co-star, John C. McGinley, attended Millburn High School – Anne’s alma mater.

Ranked #80 on Askmen.com’s 100 Most desirable Women in the World. (2006).

One of People Magazine’s 100 Most Beautiful People in the world. (2006).

Born in New York but was raised in New Jersey.

Is a fan of Audrey Hepburn and Judy Garland.

Her TV debut was in a Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate commercial filmed in 1997 in Maplewood, New Jersey.

Was engaged to Raffaello Follieri, a Real Estate developer, whom she met in 2004. They split up in June 2008.

Greatly admires Ryan Gosling and Bryce Dallas Howard.

Was almost cast as Johanna in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007), but Tim Burton wanted an unknown actress for the role, and newcomer Jayne Wisener got the role.

Cites Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead (1943) as her favorite novel.

Named as one People Magazine’s 100 Most Beautiful People in the world 2007.

Turned down the lead role in Knocked Up (2007).

Accidentally fell off of her chair during her audition for the role of the klutzy princess in The Princess Diaries (2001). She was hired on the spot.

Is of French, Irish, German and Native American descent.

Good friends with Sienna Miller, Emily Blunt and Heather Matarazzo.

Ranked #6 by InStyle magazine as one of the 10 most stylish stars in Hollywood (2007).

Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#18). [2007].

Announced as the new face of “Lancome” [January 1, 2008].

Ranked #63 on Askmen.com’s 100 Most Desirable Women in the World. (2008).

Was ranked #3 on Entertainment Weekly’s ’30 Under 30′ the actress list. (2008).

Ranked #51 in FHM magazine’s “100 Sexiest Women in the World 2008″ supplement. (2008).

Her ex-boyfriend Raffaello Follieri was charged with a dozen counts of federal wire fraud conspiracy and money laundering. During the investigation of the case, Hathaway’s diaries were seized by the FBI in July 2008. [June 2008]

Suffered from depressions when she was a teenager.

Is a huge fan of Meryl Streep .

Ranked #5 on Askmen.com’s 100 Most Desirable Women in the World (2009).

One of People Magazine’s Most Beautiful People 2009.

Ranked #2 on Glamour Magazine’s Most Glamourous Women in the World list (2009).

For the movie The Devil Wears Prada (2006), Hathaway was told to gain 10 pounds (bringing her weight to 130) only to be told afterward that she would have to lose 10 pounds and they would pad her for the “fat scenes”. After production, Hathaway was presented with the padding which she jokingly refers to as “Andy’s ass”.

Campaigned for the role of Stephanie Necrophuros in Nine (2009), but Kate Hudson was given the part instead.

Ranked 85 on Forbes Magazines 100 Most Powerful People. The magazine lists her earnings for 2008 at $7 million.

Voted #9 in FHM 100 Sexiest 2009.

Became a close friend of Julie White after they co-starred together this summer in William Shakespeare’s play “Twelfth Night” at the Delacorte Theatre in New York’s Central Park [June 24, 2009].

Born at 9:00am-EST.

Her performance as “Kym” in Rachel Getting Married (2008) is ranked #20 in Paste Magazine’s 25 Best Movie Performances of the Decade (2009).

Is in a relationship with Adam Shulman (November 2008).

One of People Magazine’s 100 Most Beautiful People in the world (2010).

Harry Hamlin Birthday October 30

Harry Hamlin

Harry Hamlin

Harry Robinson Hamlin (born October 30, 1951) is an American film and television actor, known for his role as Perseus in the 1981 fantasy film Clash of the Titans, and as Michael Kuzak in the legal drama series L.A. Law.

Trivia

Daughter Delilah Hamlin born. [10 June 1998]

Chosen as People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive [1987]

Lived with Ursula Andress from 1978-82. They had a son, Dimitri Hamlin, in 1980.

He appeared in the music video and sang in the choir on the song “Voices That Care.”

Harry Hamlin and Lisa Rinna

Harry Hamlin and Lisa Rinna

Daughter Amelia Hamlin born. [13 June 2001]

Attended the University of California, Berkeley and is a member of the Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity.

Harry’s character on “Veronica Mars” (2004), “Arron Echolls”, states under testimony, that he was People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” in 1987. In real life, Harry WAS People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” in 1987.

harry hamlin sexiest man alive

Harry Hamlin Sexiest Man Alive 1987

Has twice played the role of Perseus: first in Clash of the Titans (1981); then voiced the character by the same name for the video game God of War 2 (2007).

Harry Hamlin in Clash of the Titans (1981)

Harry Hamlin in Clash of the Titans (1981)

Founded Belle Gray Inc. a women’s boutique located in Sherman Oaks, California with wife Lisa Rinna in 2003. Belle Gray is named after their daughters, Delilah Belle and Amelia Gray.

Founded CBFR Inc. (now Tri Alpha Energy Inc.) an alternative energy company partnered with the University of California at Irvine in 1998.

Awarded ITT Fullbright Scholarship in 1976 in acting. Took the role of “Joey Popchick” in Stanley Donen’s Movie Movie (1978), instead, and gave the money back.

Attended the American Conservatory Theatre Advanced Training Program 1974-1976 – later received MFA in Acting from ACT. Joined the company in 1976.

Graduated Yale University, BA in Drama and Psychology – 1974.

Harry and Lisa’s boutique, Belle Gray, was being robbed on October 5, 2010 while they were in New York being interviewed on The “Today” (1952) Show by Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb.

Lacey Chabert Birthday September 30

Lacey Chabert

Lacey Chabert

Lacey Nicole Chabert (born September 30, 1982) is an American actress and voice actress, best known for her roles as Claudia Salinger in the television drama Party of Five and as Gretchen Wieners in the movie Mean Girls. She has also provided the voice of Eliza Thornberry in The Wild Thornberrys TV show and two feature films, and Meg Griffin during the first production season of the animated sitcom Family Guy.

Lacey Chabert

Lacey Chabert


Trivia

Was among celebrities dishing out $250 meals in the fifth-annual Celebrity Server Dinner at the Palm Restaurant in L.A., with proceeds benefiting Victory over Violence. (October 11, 1998)

Was among celebrities dishing out meals in the third-annual Celebrity Server Dinner, with proceeds benefiting the Homeless Health Care Los Angeles. (October 1996)

Her last name, which is French, is pronounced “shah-BEHR”.

Has one brother (TJ) and two sisters (Wendy and Chrissy). Has a dog named Abu.

Played the role of Cosette in “Les Miserables” on Broadway (and occasionally, even Gavroche, a boy character) before taking the role of Claudia on “Party of Five” (1994).

Was originally selected to play the role of “Young Lily” in the movie Return to the Blue Lagoon (1991), but bailed out for unknown reasons.

As “an avid photographer” and “a strong supporter of programs that encourage teens to spend their time creatively and productively”, judged and promoted Eastman Kodak Company’s “The Yearbook Click”, a national in-school photography contest for the 1999-2000 school year.

She was originally chosen to play Chloe Steele in _Left Behind (2000) (V)_, but a scheduling conflict made that impossible. Janaya Stephens got the role instead.

The character she plays in Not Another Teen Movie (2001) is a spoof of the role her former “Party of Five” (1994) classmate, Jennifer Love Hewitt, played in Can’t Hardly Wait (1998).

Was Miss Jr. Mississippi

Has 3 chihuahuas named Teacup, Teaspoon & Tealeaf.

Was childhood friends with rock star David Ham.

Named #56 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2005 list.

Is of French and Scottish descent.

Was number 99 on vh1’s “100 Greatest Kid Stars” (2005)

Was the first and only choice considered to play Gretchen Wieners in Mean Girls (2004).

Ranked #32 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2007 list.

Ranked #90 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2008 list.

Was the original voice of Meg Griffin for the first 17 episodes of “Family Guy” (1999), before Mila Kunis took over the part. She was uncredited for the role.

Her favorite color is pink.

John Woo Birthday September 23

Director John Woo

John Woo

John Woo Yu-Sen aka Sam Ng SBS (born 23 September 1946) is a Chinese film director and producer from Hong Kong. Recognized for his stylised films of highly choreographed action sequences, Mexican standoffs, and use of slow-motion, Woo has directed several notable Hong Kong action films, among them, A Better Tomorrow, The Killer, Hard Boiled and Red Cliff. His Hollywood films include Hard Target, Broken Arrow, Face/Off and Mission: Impossible 2. He also created the comic series Seven Brothers, published by Virgin Comics. Woo was described by Dave Kehr in The Observer in 2002 as “arguably the most influential director making movies today”. Woo cites his three favorite films as David Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia, Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai and Melville’s Le Samouraï.

Trade Mark

Uses pleasant music that heavily contrasts with some of the more violent action on screen.

Frequently works with Yun-Fat Chow

Scenes of hyperkinetic, chereographed action.

Since making films in the U.S., Woo has started to use doves as a symbol for peace in his films. They are often pictured flying away as the shooting begins.

John Woo

John Woo

Slow motion or freeze-frame sequences.

[guns]: characters often use a gun in each hand

[reflection]: characters are often alerted to danger by seeing a reflection

[guns]: “Mexican Standoff”, involving two characters pointing guns at each others heads. Also mimicked by Quentin Tarantino

[thrown gun]: One character throws a gun to another character

His characters often mimic the actions of other their counterparts, typically accompanied by flashbacks of those scenes.

Frequently uses unusual weapons to change the course of hand-to-hand combat scenes.

Berettas are mainly used as the main character’s gun in his movies.

Often puts the opponents in his movies in verbal confrontation in different parts of a room, usually seperated by a wall or other object.

His lead characters, whether good or bad, always have a code of conduct which includes a strict vow never to harm or kill innocent people. In many of his films, these lead characters often fight against villains with no such code who freely kill innocent people without remorse.

Trivia

Trademark: Birds: Many Woo films include slow-motion sequences of birds (usually doves)

First job was working for Shaw Brothers studios as an assistant director to Cheh Chang. Martin Scorsese and Sam Peckinpah are his favorite directors.

Woo’s many American admirers include the likes of Martin Scorsese, Sam Raimi (who compared his mastery of action to Alfred Hitchcock’s mastery of suspense) and Quentin Tarantino (who, replying to a studio executive saying “I suppose Woo can direct action scenes” said “Sure, and Michelangelo can paint ceilings!”).

He is the first Asian director ever to make a mainstream Hollywood film (Hard Target (1993)).

When trying to convince Universal to get him to direct Hard Target (1993), Jean-Claude Van Damme championed Woo as “the Martin Scorsese of Asia”.

His film The Killer (1989) (“The Killer”) (alongside Lung fu fong wan (1987) (City on Fire) by Ringo Lam) was one of the inspirations for Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs (1992). Although the plot came from “City on Fire”, a lot of the style of “Reservoir Dogs” (e.g., the suits, the Mexican standoffs, the double guns) came from “The Killer” as well as Woo’s work in general.

Two of his films are listed in the Hong Kong Film Awards’ List of The Best 100 Chinese Motion Pictures on March 2005. They are The Killer (1989) and Ying hung boon sik (1986) (ranking 42 and 2, respectively).

He is the fifth Chinese director after Hark Tsui to join the board of judges for Cannes Film Festival (the 58th, in 2005).

He uses doves as a symbolic device. They represent the character’s soul as being saved.

French director Jean-Pierre Melville has had the most influence on Woo; he based his film The Killer (1989) (“The Killer”) on Le samouraï (1967).

Is production partners with Terence Chang.

Lives in Pacific Palisades, California.

Adam West Birthday September 19

Adam West

Adam West

Adam West (born September 19, 1928) is an American actor best known for his lead role in the 1960s TV series Batman and the film of the same name. He is currently known for portraying eccentric versions of himself, as well as his voice work on animated series such as The Fairly OddParents and Family Guy.

Trade Mark

Radio DJ voice

His “Batman” (1966) character.

Batman Adam West

Adam West as Batman

Trivia

After playing the role of a resourceful secret agent in a Nestle’s Quik commercial in the early ’60s, he caught the eye of ABC execs. They figured that he might be right for an upcoming TV show that was about to be produced, “Batman” (1966). The rest is history.

His daughter Nina West is the host of the TV Land Real Estate (2002) (TV). She is also a model and has twice appeared with her father on Howard Stern’s radio show.

Adam West

Adam West

West once appeared on the “Batman” (1992) animated series playing – of all things – an out-of-work actor who was unable to escape his identification with the role of a superhero he had played decades earlier, the Gray Ghost. Prior to this, West had supplied the voice of Batman on the “SuperFriends: The Legendary Super Powers Show” (1984) animated series.

Enjoys fishing.

Was the third actor to play Batman (though some may credit him as the first, as the old serials are much more obscure than West’s “Batman” (1966) TV series).

Member of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity

He has his own web page where you can purchase his book, get memorabilia and even send him E-mail.

According to DC Comics statistics, Batman stands 6-foot-2. Of all the actors who have played Batman, West is believed to be the only one who stood the same height.

Had his creative dentist add a little black Batman logo to one of his molars.

He was to be the star of a new western series, “Doc Holliday”, in 1959 after the pilot aired on an episode of “Lawman” (1958) called “The Wayfarer”. ABC pulled the plug on the project.

Has shared two roles with Val Kilmer: Bruce Wayne/Batman and lawman John “Doc” Holliday. He also shares the latter role with his Batman cast mate, Cesar Romero.

His former “Batman” (1966) co-star, Burt Ward, made a cameo appearance on an episode of “The Simpsons” (1989), with him, in 2002.

Best known by the public for his starring role as the title character in “Batman” (1966).

Remained good friends with Burt Ward, during and after the original “Batman” (1966).

Father of Hunter Anderson, Jonelle S. Anderson, Nina West and Perrin West.

A movie and comic book buff.

His mother, Audrey, died in 1969.

Moved with his mother and brother to Seattle, Washington, when he was only 15, this was after his parents’ divorce.

Began his career as a contract player for Warner Bros. in 1959.

Graduated from Lakeside High School in Seattle, Washington, in 1946.

Was drafted into the United States Army, for two years.

Before he was a successful actor, he worked as a radio disc jockey, where he founded a military television station that his knack for deadpan comedy expanded.

Future comedians Conan O’Brien, Drew Carey, Bill Maher, Ross Shafer, radio disc jockey Howard Stern, “The Simpsons” (1989) Matt Groening and weatherman/game show announcer Rich Fields, all said West was their childhood television hero.

Is also very good friends with: Yvonne Craig, Clint Eastwood, James Garner, Robert Fuller, James Drury and the late Brian Keith.

Beat out 2 other actors, Lyle Waggoner and Ty Hardin, for the lead role in “Batman” (1966).

He has 11 hobbies: fishing, skiing, spending time with his family, golfing, traveling, riding motorcycles, reading, watching movies, swimming, surfing and dancing.

Was a spokesperson for America Online (AOL) in the late 1990s.

At Lakeside High School, he excelled in sports and served as school president of his graduating class, which he graduated from in 1946.

Graduated from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, with a bachelor’s degree in Literature and a minor in Psychology.

Before he was an successful, he also played water polo, ran track, skied and swam at Whitman College.

Married his first wife, Billi Lou Yeager, when she was 17.

Before he was a successful actor, he also worked as an Island tour guide.

Was one of the 3 actors to appear in every episode of the original “Batman” (1966) series.

His father, Otto West Anderson was a charismatic farmer, his mother, Audrey Speer was a singer.

Jennifer Tilly Birthday September 16

Jennifer Tilly

Jennifer Tilly

Jennifer Tilly (born September 16, 1958) is a Canadian-American actress and poker player. She is an Academy Award nominee, and a World Series of Poker Ladies’ Event bracelet winner. Her sister is Academy Award-nominee, actress Meg Tilly.

Trade Mark

Her voice

Trivia

Went to high school at Belmont High School, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

Sister of actress Meg Tilly. She also has an older brother, Steve Tilly and a younger sister named Rebecca Tilly.

Attended Stephens College, in Columbia, Missouri (majored in drama)

Has one cat, Corky.

Jennifer Tilly Bride of Chucky

Jennifer Tilly is the Bride of Chucky

She has won a Theater World Award for Most Promising Newcomer for her work in Tina Howe’s play “One Shoe Off” at The Joseph Papp Theater. She also received a Dramalogue Award for her work in the play “Vanities”. She won a Gemini Award for Best Actress for her role in Showtime’s made-for-TV film Heads (1994) (TV) and a nomination for a Cable ACE Award for her work on “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show.” (1986).

Avid lover of fashion and has 400 pairs of shoes.

Jennifer Tilly

Jennifer Tilly

Lenny von Dohlen, who co-starred with Jennifer in Bird of Prey (1995) and her sister Meg Tilly in Leaving Normal (1992), said, “They have a fountain of emotion that keeps coming, even after someone yells cut, but the fountain comes from different bodies of water,” he adds. “Meg is an ocean, Jennifer is a rushing river.”

In high school, everyone called Jennifer, Meg, and their younger sister Becky the Three Musketeers.

She ranked #23 in Celebrity Sleuth 25 Sexiest Women of 1995

Measurements: 36C-24-34 (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)

She has played a hot, ditzy, sexy love interest for Kelsey Grammer’s Frasier Crane character when he was trying to get over other women on “Cheers” (1982) and again on “Frasier” (1993) (though she was not playing the same character).

Is 1/2 Caucasian and 1/2 Chinese

In 2005, won the Ladies-Only No Limit Texas Hold ‘Em event at the World Series of Poker, becoming the first celebrity to win an open (as opposed to celebrity-only) WSOP tournament and earn a World Series bracelet. She beat out exactly 600 other women to take the championship.

Initially involved in Los Angeles Equity waiver theater, she was a one-time member for several years with Lonny Chapman’s Group Repertory Theatre.

Followed up her World Series of Poker win with a victory in the “World Poker Tour” (2003) Ladies Night, to be broadcast during the fourth season of WPT.

Her real-life boyfriend is professional poker player Phil Laak (aka “The Unabomber”). They met at a charitable invitational poker tournament.

Formerly engaged to actor Lou Diamond Phillips.

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