Jessica Biel Birthday March 3

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Jessica Biel

Jessica Claire Biel (born March 3, 1982)is an American actress and former model, who has appeared in several Hollywood films, including Summer Catch, the remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Illusionist, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry and Valentine’s Day. She is also known for her television role as Mary Camden in the long-running family-drama series 7th Heaven.

Trivia:

Has a brother named Justin.

Discovered at the 1994 IMTA Los Angeles convention.

Has hazel eyes and brown hair.

Collects vintage glasses with no lenses.

Audtioned for a role in American Beauty (1999).

Amateur photographer.

Is of German, French, English and Native American (Choctaw) heritage.

Attended Tufts University for three semesters.

Was voted in at #30 in FHM’s Sexiest Girls of 2002 poll, American edition, up from #82 the previous year. [June 2002]

Is 14 months younger than Beverley Mitchell, but still plays her big sister on “7th Heaven” (1996).

Formerly a vegetarian.

Was the first choice to play Abbey Chase in the television adaptation of the comic book “Danger Girl”. Unfortunately, the project fell through.

Ranked #98 on VH1’s 100 Hottest Hotties.

Ranked #99 in Stuff magazine’s “102 Sexiest Women In The World” (2002).

Her last name rhymes with “Deal.”

Was voted “Sexiest Woman Alive” by Esquire magazine in 2005.

Named #18 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2005 list.

Has played the role of girlfriend/ex-girlfriend of real-life boyfriend Chris Evans twice by now (January 2006): once in Cellular (2004) and again in London (2005/I).

Named #21 in FHM’s “100 Sexiest Women in the World 2005” special supplement. (2005)

Split up with Chris Evans, her boyfriend of 2 years. [June 2006]

Studied acting with Ivana Chubbuck.

Named #16 in FHM magazine’s “100 Sexiest Women in the World 2006” supplement. (2006).

Won an acting scholarship to the Young Actor’s Space at 11 years old.

Ranked #5 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2007 list.

The day after she was born, her parents took her to a dog-sled race where the temperature was thirty degrees below zero.

Her father ran an Outward Bound school and worked as an international business consultant.

Accompanied boyfriend Justin Timberlake on his European Tour in 2007.

Once wanted to become a musical star after winning a karaoke contest when she was aged eight.

Daughter of Kimberly (Kim) Biel (née Conroe) and Jonathan Edward Biel, an entrepreneur.

Was named Empire Magazine’s #16 in the list of 100 Sexiest Stars 2007.

Her first acting job was in a Pringles commercial when she was 11 years old.

Best friends with “7th Heaven” (1996) co-star Beverley Mitchell.

Was cast in A Woman of No Importance (2011) after Lindsay Lohan dropped out, but later had to drop out herself due to scheduling conflicts.

Agreed to return for the season 10 finale of “7th Heaven” (1996) (originally the series finale before the show got picked up by the CW) after Brenda Hampton begged her to. The episode had already been shot but Hampton was determined to have Biel back for one last time. Jessica filmed her brief scenes during a break from filming Next (2007).

Ranked #3 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2008 list.

Was in a relationship with actor Chris Evans. [2001-2006]

Named a Global Brand Ambassador for Revlon [May 4, 2009].

She was a bridesmaid at her friend, Beverley Mitchell,’s wedding to Michael Cameron in October, 2008. Their on-screen sister, Mackenzie Rosman, was also a bridesmaid.

James Doohan Birthday March 3, 1920

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James Doohan

James Montgomery “Jimmy” Doohan (March 3, 1920 – July 20, 2005) was a Canadian character and voice actor best known for his role as Montgomery “Scotty” Scott in the television and film series Star Trek. Doohan’s characterization of the Scottish Chief Engineer of the Starship Enterprise was one of the most recognizable elements in the Star Trek franchise, for which he also made several contributions behind the scenes. Many of the characterizations, mannerisms, and expressions that he established for Scotty and other Star Trek characters have become entrenched in popular culture.

Following his success with Star Trek, he supplemented his income and showed continued support for his fans by making numerous public appearances. Doohan often went to great lengths to buoy the large number of fans who have been inspired to make their own accomplishments in engineering and other fields, as a result of Doohan’s work and his encouragement. Doohan was considered by some to be one of the most giving and affable stars of the Star Trek franchise.

James Doohan as Mr. Scott

James Doohan as Mr. Scott

Trivia:

He and wife Wende became parents to 7 lb. 13 oz. Sarah. [11 April 2000]

He and his wife Wende have two adult sons, Eric & Thomas.

Toured as Spokesman for Philips Electronics HDTV 1999.

Landed on Juno Beach on D-Day as a member of the Royal Canadian Artillery. Soon after, while walking across a mine field, he and his unit were attacked by enemy fire, as the Germans shot at them with machine guns. He was hit by four bullets to the leg, his middle finger of his right hand was shot off, and a bullet struck his chest. His life was saved when it hit a silver cigarette case which had been given to him by his brother.

He was given an honorary Degree in Engineering by the Milwaukee School of Engineering where apparently half of the students polled said they were inspired to study engineering by his role in “Star Trek” (1966).

He used to live across the street from Ralph Thorson and his family, the main subjects and the writer of the movies The Hunter (1980) as well as the television series “The Huntress” (2000).

Children with Young are: Larkin (1954), Deirdre (1957), and twin boys, Montgomery Doohan (1959) and Christopher Doohan (1959). Larkin is a nurse, and Deirdre an aspiring singer/actor.

Was among many WWII veterans to publicly thank Steven Spielberg for not holding back on the intensity of the Normandy Invasion scene in Saving Private Ryan (1998).

Grew up in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada.

Attended S.C.I.T.S. high school in Sarnia.

Episodes of “Star Trek” (1966) in which one can see that his middle finger is missing: “The Trouble with Tribbles”; “Cats Paw”; “Day of the Dove” (when Doohan grabs a claymore) and “The Lights of Zetar” (towards the end, when Scotty grabs Lt. Mira Romaine). Also in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984), when Scotty is handing McCoy the parts from the Trans-Warp Drive, as well as in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989) when Scotty is holding a plastic bag dinner given to him by Uhura.

According to the Director’s Edition DVD of Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979), the Klingon language first introduced in that movie and later featured in many later Trek movies and television episodes was initially devised by James Doohan. His original sounds were later expanded upon and refined by others, ultimately resulting in William Shakespeare plays and The Bible being translated into Klingon years later. Ironically his character, Scotty, complains of difficulty reading Klingon at the start of Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986).

Although Marc Okrand is credited with creating the Klingon language of Star Trek, James Doohan came up with an unrefined version for Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979).

Received the honour of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on August 31, 2004.

Suffered from Alzheimer’s disease and was ravaged by Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, lung fibrosis and pneumonia.

During his early stage work, he demonstrated a remarkable gift for foreign accents. He tried several during his audition for “Star Trek” (1966) and Gene Roddenberry was immediately taken by his Scottish brogue. Roddenberry cast him as the (previously-unnamed) ship’s engineer character and they improvised the name Montgomery Scott (‘Scott’ for the accent and ‘Montgomery’ for Doohan’s middle name).

Made his first (“Where No Man Has Gone Before” episode of “Star Trek” (1966)) and last (Star Trek: Generations (1994) ) “Star Trek” appearances with William Shatner.

Did many of the voice-over parts on the original “Star Trek” (1966), including the M-5 from “The Ultimate Computer” and Sargon from “Return to Tomorrow”.

Suffered a massive heart attack in 1979.

His grandson, Kyle, was born in 1987. He is the son of Doohan’s second daughter, Deirdre.

He was the youngest of four children of William Doohan (a pharmacist, veterinarian and dentist) and Sarah Doohan. His early life was miserable due to his father being a drunk and abusive to the entire family.

At 8:58 a.m. Mountain Time on 28 April 2007 (and after several delays), some of his ashes were sent about 70 miles above the earth on a private SpaceLoft XL rocket by Houston’s Space Services, Inc., a company specializing in such memorials. The rocket was lost for three weeks after the flight but now has been found and all remains are still intact. Also among the participants of this flight were the ashes of US astronaut Gordon Cooper and “Star Trek” (1966)writer/director/producer John Meredyth Lucas, as well as 199 others. Space Services, Inc. had previously sent up the ashes of “Star Trek” creator Gene Roddenberry and LSD guru Timothy Leary in 1997.

His parents, William and Sarah Doohan, were (at the time of his birth) recent Catholic refugees from mainly Protestant Belfast who left Ireland during the War of Independence (also called the Anglo-Irish War).

Won a two-year scholarship to New York’s famed Neighborhood Playhouse, where his classmates included fellow Canadian Leslie Nielsen, Tony Randall and Richard Boone.

He was the only then-living “Star Trek” (1966) cast member not to lend his voice to the “Futurama” (1999) episode “Where No Fan Has Gone Before”, leading to his character Scotty being replaced by the farcical Welshie. According to the show’s creators, his only response to their request that he appear on the show was a simple “No way.”.

Now he has passed away, Grace Lee Whitney, born April 1930, is the oldest living Star Trek cast member.

On D-Day, his Royal Canadian Artillery unit was assigned to land on Juno Beach (the Canadian beach – Gold and Sword were British, Omaha and Utah were American). When returning to his Command Post, after liaising with the unit’s Regimental Survey Officer, Lieutenant Doohan was machine-gunned and took eight bullets: three in his hand, smashing his middle finger; four in his leg and one in his chest. The one shot in his chest would have proved fatal if not for a silver cigarette case he had in the breast pocket of his uniform.

Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. [July 2004]

Appeared in episodes of three different series with Leonard Nimoy: “Star Trek” (1966), “Star Trek” (1973) and “Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man” (1994).

The date of his death, July 20, 2005, is the anniversary of what is arguably the greatest engineering achievement in human history, the landing of Apollo 11 on the Moon.

Gained weight in the early 1980s as a consequence of quitting smoking.

Was scouted for acting roles in Hollywood by fellow Canadian actor William Shatner. When asked by Gene Roddenberry what accent to give the engineer, he chose Scottish, for Scotland’s numerous engineering accomplishments and his own ancestry.

A cocktail known as the “Beam me up, Scotty” (Jim Beam, 7-Up and Glenlivit single malt scotch) is named in honor of James Doohan’s character.

In Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986), the Dr. Nichols character wore an “I Quit Smoking” badge. This represents an engineer’s surrender of a habit. James Doohan had personal experiences with his father’s alcoholism, while living in Birtish Columbia, Canada.

In Gene DeWeese’s 2005 Star Trek novel “The Engines of Destiny”, a last farewell to Doohan is made. Scotty finally retires at age 200 from being a “Miracle Worker”, at Starfleet’s Corps of Engineers.

Received a special tribute as part of the Annual Memorial tribute at The 79th Annual Academy Awards (2007) (TV), which was over 18 months after his actual death.

Before he gained his fame as “Scotty” on “Star Trek” (1966), he started in television being sent into outer space in “Space Command” (1953) and “Tales of Tomorrow” (1951).

In real life, he had some engineering expertise. He often went boating with Gene Roddenberry after “Star Trek” (1966)’s cancellation, and recalled in an interview that his experience was needed to save Roddenberry from serious danger.

Another episode of Star Trek (1966) that you can see his missing middle finger is “Friday Child”. When he is making the Captain’s log entry a crew member hands him a report to sign and you see his right hand.

Film set for release February 12, 2010:

The Wolfman (2010)

The Wolfman (2010)

Upon his return to his ancestral homeland, an American man (Del Toro) is bitten, and subsequently cursed by, a werewolf.  Starring: Emily Blunt,  Benicio Del Toro, Hugo Weaving, Anthony Hopkins, and Geraldine Chaplin.

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Official Trailer

The Wolfman (2010)

 

Joe Johnston – Director, Andrew Kevin Walker – Writer (screenplay), David Self – Writer (screenplay), Curt Siodmak – Writer (1941 motion picture screenplay),  and Benicio Del Toro – Producer

Production:

wolfman 2010In March 2006, Universal Pictures announced the remake of The Wolf Man with actor Benicio del Toro (a fan of the original film and collector of Wolf Man memorabilia) in the lead role.  Screenwriter Andrew Kevin Walker was attached to the screenplay, developing the original film’s story to include additional characters as well as plot points that would take advantage of modern visual effects.  Del Toro also looked towards Werewolf of London and The Curse of the Werewolf for inspiration.wolfman 2010

In February 2007, director Mark Romanek was attached to helm The Wolfman.  The film was scheduled for a November 12, 2008 release, before being pushed back to early 2009 in September 2007.  In January 2008, Romanek left the project because of “creative differences”.  Brett Ratner emerged as a frontrunner to replace Romanek, but the studio also met with Frank Darabont, James Mangold and Joe Johnston. They were also interested in Bill Condon, and Martin Campbell was interested.  Johnston was hired to direct on February 3, 2008, and the film’s shooting schedule and budget remained as intended.  Johnston hired David Self to rewrite the script.

wolfman 2010Shooting took place from March 3 to June 23, 2008 in the United Kingdom. The film was budgeted at US$85 million.  They shot at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire, Chatsworth, Derbyshire, and Castle Combe in Wiltshire.  They transformed Chatsworth House by adding weeds, dead grass and ivy.  They also shot in Lacock in Wiltshire, a village conserved by the National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty, for a day. Universal donated £5000 to the village, in return for filming in the tithe barn for a scene involving frozen corpses.  A funeral scene was also shot beside the Temple of Ancient Virtue at Stowe House for the duration of an afternoon, the temple coated in false ivy with copious amounts of smoke/mist floating over the setting. Pick-ups at Pinewood were conducted in May 2009.wolfman 2010

Rick Baker created the make-up for The Wolfman. When he heard Universal was remaking the film, he eagerly pursued it, as both The Wolf Man and Frankenstein inspired him to become a make-up artist as a child. He acknowledged transforming del Toro was difficult because he is a hairy man: “Going from Benicio to Benicio as the Wolf Man isn’t a really extreme difference. Like when I did An American Werewolf in London, we went from this naked man to a four-legged hound from hell, and we had a lot of room to go from the transformation and do a lot of really extreme things. Here we have Benicio del Toro, who’s practically the Wolf Man already, to Benicio del Toro with more hair and bigger teeth.”

From left to right: Rick Baker, Emily Blunt, and Benicio del Toro

From left to right: Rick Baker, Emily Blunt, and Benicio del Toro

Baker and del Toro were adamant about the design resembling the make-up created by Jack Pierce, but Romanek went through thousands of concept art. When Johnston signed on, Baker returned to his second design, which is the finished result.  The make-up took three hours to apply, and one hour to remove. New pieces of latex prosthetic makeup and loose hair was applied to del Toro’s face each day, while several dentures and wigs were created in case some were damaged.  Baker said the transformation will likely be computer-generated, which disappoints him as he is not being involved and therefore feels it will look unrealistic (as the animators do not have his knowledge of the design).  In February 2009, ZBrush art of the transformation by Baker leaked online.  In addition to the film, at the 2009 “Halloween Horror Nights,” Universal Studios Florida is adding The Wolfman to the event.

The Wolfman (2010)

The Wolfman (2010)

Wolfman Legacy Collection on DVD

Wolfman Collection on DVD

 

An American Werewolf in London

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