Peter Sarsgaard Birthday March 7

Peter Sarsgaard

Peter Sarsgaard


John Peter Sarsgaard (born March 7, 1971) is an American film and stage actor. He landed his first feature role in the movie Dead Man Walking in 1995. He then appeared in the independent films Another Day in Paradise (1995) and Desert Blue (1996). In 1998, Sarsgaard received a substantial role in The Man in the Iron Mask (1998), playing Raoul, the son of Athos. Sarsgaard later achieved critical recognition when he was cast in Boys Don’t Cry (1999) as John Lotter. He landed his first leading role in the 2001 film The Center of the World. The following year, he played supporting roles in Empire, The Salton Sea, and K-19: The Widowmaker.

For his portrayal of Charles Lane in Shattered Glass, Sarsgaard won the Online Film Critics Society Award in the category for Best Supporting Actor and was nominated for the 2004 Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor. Sarsgaard has appeared in an eclectic range of films, including the 2004 comedy Garden State, the biographical film Kinsey (2004), the drama The Dying Gaul (2005) and big-budget films such as Flightplan (2005), Jarhead (2005), and Orphan (2009).

Sarsgaard has also appeared in Off-Broadway productions including Kingdom of Earth, Laura Dennis, and Burn This. In September 2008, he made his Broadway debut as Boris Alexeyevich Trigorin in The Seagull. Sarsgaard appeared in the off-Broadway production of Uncle Vanya in January 2009. Sarsgaard has been in a relationship with actress Maggie Gyllenhaal since 2002. In 2006, the two became engaged and Gyllenhaal gave birth to their daughter, Ramona, on October 3, 2006. On May 2, 2009 Sarsgaard and Gyllenhaal were married in Italy.

Trivia:

He attended Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, where he co-founded a comedy improvisation group called Mama’s Pot Roast.

Formerly dated model/actress Shalom Harlow (2001).

His baby face; his soft, strangely ominous voice; and often bizarre, unstable characters have led to him being compared to John Malkovich, who played his father in The Man in the Iron Mask (1998/I).

In Garden State (2004), Peter’s character collects Desert Storm trading cards. In Jarhead (2005), Peter’s character fights in Desert Storm.

Like Edward Norton and Broadway actress Kimmilee Bryant, he studied with legendary acting coach Terry Schreiber at the T.Schreiber Studio in New York.

Childhood hero was Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Dorsett.

Engaged to Maggie Gyllenhaal [April 2006]

Peter and his fiancée, Maggie Gyllenhaal, became the parents of a girl, named Ramona, on October 3, 2006 in New York City.

He attended the Actors’ Studio Program at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

Admits to having a lifelong fear of flying.

Son-in-law of Stephen Gyllenhaal and Naomi Foner.

Brother-in-law of Jake Gyllenhaal.

Adam Baldwin Birthday February 27

Adam Baldwin

Adam Baldwin

Adam Baldwin (born 27 February 1962) is a US actor known for his roles as Animal Mother in Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket, Ricky Linderman in My Bodyguard, Knowle Rohrer in The X-Files, and Marcus Hamilton in Joss Whedon’s Angel. He also established a cult following as Jayne Cobb in the series Firefly and the movie Serenity.

He currently stars as NSA agent John Casey on the NBC comedy-spy series Chuck.

He is not related to the Baldwin brothers.

Trivia:

No relation to the Baldwin brothers Alec Baldwin, Daniel Baldwin, William Baldwin and Stephen Baldwin, who are from Long Island, NY (Adam is from the Chicago area).

Alumnus of New Trier Township High School East, Winnetka, Illinois. Other New Trier graduates include Ralph Bellamy, Charlton Heston, Rock Hudson, Hugh O’Brien, Ann-Margret, William Christopher, Bruce Dern, Penelope Milford, Virginia Madsen and Liz Phair.

Avid golfer

Is good friends with Jamie Lee Curtis, and appeared in Molly & Roni’s Dance Party (2005) (V) as a favor to her.

Recorded his own version of the song “The Man They Call Jayne” for use as an easter-egg feature in the DVD collection of “Firefly” (2002).

Son: Devlin Shepard Baldwin (b. October 17, 1996).

Voiced the second Green Lantern Hal Jordan on “Justice League” (2001), and later chosen to voice Superman/Clark Kent for the DVD feature Superman/Doomsday (2007) (V).

One of four actors from “Firefly” (2002) who voiced superheroes on “Justice League” (2001). He voiced Hal Jordan, the Silver Age Green Lantern, while Nathan Fillion voiced the Vigilante, Gina Torres voiced Vixen and Morena Baccarin voiced Black Canary.

According to the commentary track on Superman/Doomsday (2007) (V), he was the original choice to play the voice of Superman on “Superman” (1996): the Animated Series, but was unavailable at the time. The role then went to Tim Daly.

Irish-American.

During his time away from work, Adam likes to mountain bike, go bowling, play Frisbee and baseball.

Frequently participates in celebrity hockey games.

Was named TV Guide’s Sexiest Newcomer in 2005 even though he started his acting career in 1980.

Both Adam Baldwin and “Angel” (1999) co-star David Boreanaz have provided the voice of DC Comics’ Green Lantern Hal Jordan, Baldwin in “Justice League” (2001) and Boreanaz in Justice League: The New Frontier (2008) (V).

Enjoys listening to hard rock – his favourite band is Led Zeppelin.

deadlier than the male

Deadlier Than the Male is a 1966 British action film featuring the character of Bulldog Drummond. It is one of the many take-offs of James Bond produced during the 1960s but based on an established detective fiction hero. Richard Johnson (Terence Young’s original preference to play James Bond) stars as Hugh ‘Bulldog’ Drummond, updated to a suave Korean War veteran now an insurance investigator trailing a pair of sexy assassins (Elke Sommer and Sylva Koscina) who kill for sport and profit. Drummond’s American nephew, Robert Drummond (Steve Carlson then a Universal Pictures contract star), becomes involved in the intrigue when he comes to visit.

The title is a reference to the 1911 Rudyard Kipling poem “The Female of the Species,” which includes the line: “The female of the species must be deadlier than the male”, and also refers to Sapper’s earlier Drummond book “The Female of the Species”.

The movie poster is slightly misleading: Only two female assassins are prominently displayed in the movie. Although three other female assassins are featured briefly in the finale, the brunette, Kitty Swan has a less prominent role in the film but is as prominent as the two leads on the movie poster. Publicity announced the film in December 1964 but it wasn’t filmed until 1966.

The film was followed by a sequel Some Girls Do in 1969.

Trivia:

  • Sylva Koscina, playing Penelope, was dubbed by Nikki Van der Zyl
  • Virginia North would turn up in the sequel Some Girls Do (1969/I) in a different role.

Cannibal Holocaust released February 7, 1980

Cannibal Holocaust


Cannibal Holocaust (1980) is a controversial exploitation film directed by Ruggero Deodato from a screenplay by Gianfranco Clerici. Filmed in the Amazon Rainforest, the movie tells the story of four documentarians who journey deep into the jungle to film indigenous tribes. Two months later, after they fail to return, famous anthropologist Harold Monroe travels on a rescue mission to find the group. Eventually, he recovers and views their lost cans of film, which reveal the missing filmmakers’ fate. The film stars Robert Kerman as Monroe, Carl Gabriel Yorke as director Alan Yates, Francesca Ciardi as Alan’s girlfriend Faye, Perry Pirkanen as cameraman Jack Anders, and Luca Barbareschi as fellow cameraman Mark Tomaso.

Cannibal Holocaust is a well known exploitation film because of the controversy following its release. After premiering in Italy, the film was seized by a local magistrate, and Deodato was arrested on obscenity charges. He was later accused of making a snuff film due to rumors which claimed that certain actors were killed on camera. Although Deodato was later cleared of these charges, the film was banned in Italy, the UK, Australia, and several other countries due to its graphic depiction of gore, sexual violence, and the inclusion of six genuine animal deaths. Many nations have since revoked the ban, yet the film is still barred in several countries. This notoriety notwithstanding, some critics view Cannibal Holocaust as a social commentary about civilized society.

Trivia:

  • The film caused some scandal in Italy at the time of its release. Ten days after premiering in Milan, the film was seized by the courts, and the director, Ruggero Deodato, was arrested and charged with obscenity. He was later charged with murder and faced life in prison on the belief that several of the actors were murdered for the camera. Deodato contacted Luca Barbareschi and told him to contact the three other actors who played the missing film team. He presented the actors, alive and well, to the courts, and thus, the murder charges were dropped. The film remained banned in Italy for another three years.
  • The animal slaughterings in the movie were real, which ultimately resulted in the movie’s being banned in its native Italy after the snuff film rumors were proved false. The killed animals were a coatimundi (erroneously referred to as a muskrat in the film), a turtle, a snake, a tarantula, a spider monkey, and a pig.
  • The in-film-documentary, “The Last Road To Hell”, which features several executions, consists of authentic footage supposedly from Nigeria and South East Asia.
  • Deodato was inspired to make the movie after seeing his son watching the violent news on TV and noticed how the journalists focus on the violence. He also believed that some news angles were actually staged to capture more sensational footage, hence the similar angle seen in the film.
  • This movie has gained the title of the most notorious movie of all-time, and is often claimed to be banned in over 50 countries worldwide. If true, it would easily hold the world record for the most heavily banned film.
  • Deodato wanted a scene in which the natives fed an enemy tribesman to piranhas but he didn’t have a working underwater camera. Only still shots of that scene exist.
  • The iconic image for the film shows a “cannibal” girl impaled on a stick. Upon being summoned to court in order to assert that no actors were harmed during production, Deodato explained that the girl simply sat on a bicycle seat attached to the pole’s base, while holding a small pointed balsa wood piece in her mouth. The fake blood was then added. Deodato commented that the girl had an unusually calm temperament to be able to remain so still during the filming.
  • According to a 2005 interview with Carl Gabriel Yorke (Alan Yates), Yorke said that when rehearsing for the sex scene with Francesca Ciardi (Faye Daniels), she suggested that the two go out in the middle of the jungle and “actually do it”. Yorke declined, stating that he was with somebody back in New York. As a result, Ciardi was very upset with him during the entire shoot
  • When Carl Gabriel Yorke (Alan Yates) arrived in the Amazon for shooting, he wasn’t given a script or an idea of what the movie was about. As soon as he arrived, director Ruggero Deodato shouted “That’s my star! Get him into makeup!” Almost immediately, the first scene they shot was the amputation of one of the character’s leg. Yorke later in an interview said while staying there in the jungle, he didn’t know whether this film was a Hollywood production or simply a snuff film.
  • A large advertisement for Dracula (1979) is visible in the opening shots of the streets of New York City.
  • Immediately after a pig was shot and killed in the movie, Carl Gabriel Yorke botched a long monologue Deodato very much wanted to be included in the movie. After rehearsing the line several times and doing fine, Yorke says he screwed up during filming because he heard the pig squeal and die. Retakes weren’t possible because they had no access to any more pigs, which they would only use to shoot and kill.
  • Originally, Deodato had a fake monkey head with fake brains in it to have the natives eat instead of actually killing and eating a monkey. The natives talked him out of it, however, as monkey brains were a delicacy to them.
  • The pistol used by Robert Kerman in the movie was a Smith and Wesson .32
  • Director Cameo: [Ruggero Deodato] A man sitting on a blanket outside of the NYU university.
  • The scene where an actor kills a monkey was shot twice, so two monkeys were killed for that scene.
  • Though uncaring towards the nature of his film during shooting, Ruggero Deodato now regrets everything he did, mostly the actual animal killings. He said once that he wishes now that he never made the movie.
  • Robert Kerman’s character had to be dubbed, but all other actors’ real voices were used.
  • Claims of this being a snuff film are still rampant. Even as recently as 1993, authorities at a Birmingham comic fair seized the film on this belief.
  • There have been six unofficial sequels to Cannibal Holocaust. Natura contro (1988) was the first movie to call itself Cannibal Holocaust II (in Italy, Turkey, and the UK). Other movies that tried to incorporate themselves with Cannibal Holocaust were Schiave bianche: violenza in Amazzonia (1985) (Cannibal Holocaust 2: The Catherine Miles Story on European DVD), Mangiati vivi! (1980) (Cannibal Holocausto 2 on Argentinian DVD), Mondo cannibale (2003) (V) (known as Cannibal Holocaust 2: The Beginning in Japan), and Nella terra dei cannibali (2003) (V) (also known as Cannibal Holocaust 3: Cannibal vs. Commando in Japan). If all these movies were considered actual sequels, Cannibal Holocaust would have four “part two”s in its series.
  • Second part of Ruggero Deodato’s “Cannibal Trilogy” also including Ultimo mondo cannibale (1977) and Inferno in diretta (1985).
  • The turtle killed in the turtle killing scene was a Yellow-spotted river turtle or Podocnemis unifilis.
  • In ten days after its release, the movie grossed approximately $1.9 million in February 1980 (what would be about $5 million dollars today) before the film was seized by the courts and Deodato arrested. Because of its infamy and several subsequent re-releases, it is claimed that the film has grossed $200 million worldwide (inflation not adjusted), though this has never been verified.
  • Despite his character’s behavior during filming, Perry Pirkanen cried after filming the infamous turtle scene.
  • Cannibal Holocaust (1980) was the second highest grossing film in Japan in 1983, behind only E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982).
  • A small segment of music from Non si sevizia un paperino (1972) was reused by Riz Ortolani in this film.
  • The actresses used in the scene in which the professor bathes naked in a river were hired from a local brothel.
  • The actress in the adulteress punishment was actually the head of wardrobe, Lucia Costantini. Apparently, the production team was unable to find any local women to agree to be in the scene. Costantini was completely covered in mud to give the appearance that she was a native.
  • The father of the actor who played Miguel was murdered during filming. Production was delayed slightly as the actor went home for the funeral. He can be seen crying over his father’s death in the scene in which Professor Monroe, Chaco, and Miguel are sitting outside the Yanomamo village immediately following the discovery of the bone shrine.
  • The tribe names in the film, Yanomamo and Shamatari, are actual native tribes in South America. Neither tribe is accurately portrayed in the film.
  • After seeing the film, director Sergio Leone wrote a letter to Ruggero Deodato, which stated, “Dear Ruggero, what a movie! The second part is a masterpiece of cinematographic realism, but everything seems so real that I think you will get in trouble with all the world.”

Bridget Fonda Birthday January 27

Bridget Fonda

Bridget Fonda

Bridget Jane Fonda (born 27 January 1964) is a US actress.  Fonda was born in Los Angeles, California into a family of actors including her grandfather Henry Fonda, her father Peter Fonda, and her aunt Jane Fonda. Her mother Susan Jane Brewer is an artist.

Trivia:

Cameron Crowe had her in mind when he wrote the movie Singles (1992).

Dated singer/actor Dwight Yoakam [1999-2001]

Lived with Lee Drysdale. [1986-1989]

Was offered the the title role on “Ally McBeal” (1997) but turned it down to focus on movies. In fact, she didn’t even read the script out of fear that she would like it too much.

Lived with Eric Stoltz. [1990-1998]

Cousin of Troy Garity.

Granddaughter of Henry Fonda, niece of Jane Fonda.

Daughter of Peter Fonda.

Sister of Justin Fonda.

Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#85). [1995]

Cousin of Vanessa Vadim.

Daughter of Susan Brewer.

Is Larry Hagman’s goddaughter.

Flipped and crashed her 1998 Jaguar sports car, along the same infamous Malibu stretch of highway where both Nick Nolte and Robert Downey Jr. got into trouble with the law. She survived, but with minor back injuries. [February 2003]

One week after her unexplained car crash, her publicist announces Fonda’s engagement to composer and former “Oingo-Boingo” member, Danny Elfman.

Bridget Fonda

Bridget Fonda

Shares a birthday with actress Mimi Rogers, actress Rosamund Pike, Harrods owner Mohamed Al-Fayed, actor James Cromwell and actor Alan Cumming.

Is a huge fan of Dario Argento and was supposed to be in Argento’s La sindrome di Stendhal (1996) (aka The Stendhal Syndrome).

Son Oliver Henry Milton Elfman was born mid January 2005.

NBC has ordered a TV pilot based on Candace Bushnell’s book “Lipstick Jungle”. In this book, Bushnell (the writer behind “Sex and the City” (1998)) portrays three successful New York Women, who are not looking for Mr. Big but to become their own Mr. Big. The part of the designer was written with Bridget Fonda in mind.

Named after Bridget Hayward, a step-aunt who committed suicide.

Aunt of Bodhi Elfman and Jenna Elfman.

Step-mother of Mali Elfman.

BFA in Drama – New York University, Tisch School of the Arts (1986).

Her godfather is Larry Hagman.

Sister-in-law of Richard Elfman.

Daughter-in-law of Blossom Elfman.

Baby Blood aka The Evil Within 1990

Baby Blood (aka The Evil Within) is a 1990 French horror film directed by Alain Robak.

A glutton extraterrestrial parasite has spent several decades in the past to culminate its only dearest wish: To be born of a human (it is very interested in human nature and behavior). In order to kindle the evil plan, the wicked being deliberately bends on chasing a plump human body just for fulfilling the insatiable thirst of – human blood. Here-to-fore, the story incidentally takes an uncouth turn.

A voluptuous circus acrobat named Yanka (Emmanuelle Escourrou) has been tormented and abused by her husband for years who is an owner of the circus where she works and there is no love lost between the two. But one day when a leopard is demanded and caged in the circus zoo, its life inexplicably comes to an end soon. However, in the mean time, the surviving extraterrestrial parasite casts the body off the carcass, raids Yanka’s original fetus, and stealthily slips into her womb unseen. The aftermath goads a reluctant and helpless Yanka into the hideous act of endless carnage just only on to pamper the evil fetus with gallons of blood and the ultimate mother’s milk is Baby Blood.

Trivia:

  • There is a sign for “Baby Blood 2” outside one of the buildings in the movie.
  • The titular canine star of the hit French comedy Baxter (1989) makes a cameo appearance in the film.
  • Jennifer Lien’s voice-over debut.
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    Island of Lost Souls released January 12, 1933

    Island of Lost Souls 1933


    Island of Lost Souls is a sci-fi/horror film starring Charles Laughton and Bela Lugosi. Produced by Paramount Pictures in 1933 from a script co-written by science fiction legend Philip Wylie, the movie was the first film adaptation of the H. G. Wells novel The Island of Dr. Moreau, published in 1896. The film was directed by Erle C. Kenton.

    Both book and movie are about a remote island that is run by an obsessed scientist who is secretly conducting surgical experiments on animals. The goal of these experiments is to try to transform the animals into human beings. The result of the experiments is a race of half-human, half-animal creatures that lives in the island’s jungles, only tentatively under Moreau’s control.

    Trivia:

    • One of the film’s uncredited actors, Joe Bonomo, nearly drowned during filming. He fell into a water tank and the foam rubber in his costume soaked up water, causing him to sink.
    • Joe Bonomo, who starred as one of the man-beasts, was also Lon Chaney’s stunt double in The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939). Charles Laughton also made a version of this classic story in The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939).
    • This was Charles Laughton’s first starring role in a U.S. film.
    • Charles Laughton claimed that he based his Dr. Moreau appearance on that of his dentist.
    • Charles Laughton already knew how to use a whip. He learned to use one for a previous stage role. His teacher was a London street performer.
    • The shooting location for Moreau’s mysterious uncharted island was actually Catalina.
    • After doing this film, Charles Laughton claimed that he could not go to a zoo for the rest of his life.
    • The identity of the actor who played “Owl Man” is unknown.
    • In response to British censors, who claimed the film was “against nature”, Elsa Lanchester (Mrs. Charles Laughton) is said to have stated: “Of course it’s against nature. So’s Micky Mouse!”
    • The participation of Buster Crabbe, Randolph Scott, and Alan Ladd in uncredited roles as “beasts” comes from the pages of Motion Picture Guide, and is otherwise undocumented and highly questionable.
    • The filmmakers wanted an unknown actress to play Lota, the Panther Woman. Kathleen Burke, their selection, was working as a dentist’s assistant at the time. It was her first film role ever.
    • To create the language of the mutants sound-man Loren L. Ryder recorded a mixture of animal sounds and foreign languages, then played them backwards at alternating speeds. The effect: the sound induced nausea and caused the audiences to vomit in the theaters.
    • The film was refused a cinema certificate in 1933 by the BBFC and remained banned in the UK until July 1958.
    • One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since.
    • After making Island of Lost Souls (1932), Charles Laughton humorously claimed that he couldn’t go to a zoo for the rest of his life.

    The Dark Crystal released December 17, 1982

    The Dark Crystal is a 1982 fantasy film directed by puppeteers Jim Henson and Frank Oz, creators of The Muppet Show. Although still marketed as a family film, it was notably darker than previous material created by them. Characters for which they are famous do not appear, but some of the same performers are used. The animatronics used in the film were considered groundbreaking at the time. The primary concept artist was the fantasy illustrator Brian Froud, famous for his distinctive faerie and dwarf designs. Froud also collaborated with Jim Henson and Frank Oz for their next project, the 1986 film, Labyrinth which was notably more light-hearted than The Dark Crystal.

    The Dark Crystal was produced by Gary Kurtz, whose list of credits includes American Graffiti, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Return to Oz, and Slipstream. The screenplay was written by David Odell, who had worked with Henson as a staff writer on The Muppet Show. Trevor Jones provided the film’s atmospheric music. The movie makes an attempt to study the nature of good and evil in terms of conscience, destiny, and the triune nature of harmony. The film was produced by ITC Entertainment, the British production company responsible for producing The Muppet Show.

     

    Target Earth released Nov. 7, 1954

     

    target earth (1954) poster

    Target Earth is a 1954 science fiction film. It was directed by Sherman A. Rose and stars Richard Denning, Kathleen Crowley, Virginia Grey, and Whit Bissell. The film focuses on a deserted Chicago cityscape and a small group of people who have been overlooked during a mass evacuation due to an invasion of robot like beings from the planet Venus. The movie was based on the 1953 short story “Deadly City” by Paul W. Fairman.

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    Trivia:

  • Only one robot costume was constructed for this film and it was used for all robot scenes. This is why you never see more than one member of the “robot army” in a shot.
  • Although the production crew had no permits, the scenes showing the deserted city were filmed in downtown Los Angeles on Sunday mornings when the streets would be vacant.
  • The killer, (played by Robert Roark) got his part because his father, a doctor in LA would invest in the film if his son was given a part. After this part he went on to play in many movies and became a producer.
  • Kathleen Crowley

    Kathleen Crowley

    Virginia Grey

    Virginia Grey

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    Demons of the Mind released November 5, 1972

    Demons of the Mind (1972)

    Demons of the Mind is a 1972 British period horror film, produced by the Hammer studio. It was directed by Peter Sykes and its cinematographer was Arthur Grant. The cast includes Gillian Hills, Robert Hardy, Patrick Magee, Michael Hordern and Shane Briant.

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    Trivia:

    • Robert Hardy replaced Eric Porter who withdrew from the movie to
      Gillian Hills

      Gillian Hills

      film Hands of the Ripper (1971) which was made simultaneously.

    • Gillian Hills was a last-minute replacement for Marianne Faithfull who was recast due to insurance reasons.
    • The role of Elisabeth was originally intended for famous pop icon Marianne Faithfull.
    • Although the movie was completed in 1971, it sat on a shelf for over a year and was finally released on a double bill with the trashy psycho feature Tower of Evil (1972).
    • The role of Baron Zorn was originally offered to Paul Scofield and James Mason, both of whom turned it down.
    • Shane Briant made his film debut as the tormented Emil.
    • John Atkinson is dubbed.
    • Paul Jones was suggested by the director.

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