Happy would-be birthday River Phoenix

River Phoenix (August 23, 1970 – October 31, 1993)

Phoenix was born in Madras, Oregon and died in Hollywood, L.A., California. It’s his would-be 42nd birthday.

 A young actor that was taken from the world too soon.

He was perfect in his role in Stand by Me; played Young Indy in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade; and was in the film My Own Private Idaho in 1991 alongside Keanu Reeves. Phoenix was nominated for the 1989 Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his work in Running on Empty. 

 The only film I’ve seen with Phoenix was Stand by Me, but I’d really like to see a lot of his films.

 R.I.P. River Phoenix.

Happy birthday funny lady, Kristen Wiig (39)

 

Kristen Wiig

Wiig has been voice talents for the films Despicable Me as Miss Hattie and How to Train Your Dragon; and she also showed a decent dramatic side in her small role in the romance/crime film based on true events, All Good Things alongside Ryan Gosling and Kirsten Dunst. She was in the comedy/action British comedy Paul (the poorest film from the Simon Pegg/Nick Frost comedy team), but Wiig is best known for her performance (as Annie) and writing for the 2011 comedy Bridesmaids. She was even nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for her work on Bridesmaids. I enjoy watching her perform, even in the little amount of titles I’ve actually seen her in. I do look forward to seeing more of her.

(August 21) Happy birthday Hayden Panettiere (23), Peter Weir (68) and Carrie-Anne Moss (45)

                                           Hayden Panettiere

The sexy New York native just turned 23 today. Hayden has a pretty impressive résumé. She was on the soap opera One Life to Live at the age of four and a half; and later appeared for four years starting at the age of seven on the soap opera The Guiding Light. She was the voice of Dot in A Bug’s Life, and the voice of Kate in the poorly acclaimed animated film Alpha and Omega. She’s appeared beside great screen presences like Denzel Washington in Remember the Titans, and Tim Allen in Joe Somebody. She is also well known for being in Racing Stripes, and being the star on the TV show Heroes as the invincible Claire Bennet. And just last year, horror fans may know her for her role as Kirby Reed in Scream 4 (also called Scre4m, but I don’t like spelling it that way). She is pretty talented and also very attractive, and I just love watching her act.

Peter Weir

 This Australian director and sometimes writer just turned 68 today. He’s well known for taking great comedy actors and turning them into awesome dramatic actors, like Jim Carrey in The Truman Show and Robin Williams in Dead Poets Society. His latest project in 2010 was the star-studded (Jim Sturgess, Ed Harris, Colin Farrell and Saoirse Ronan) adventure drama The Way Back, which he wrote the screenplay for and directed. He has been nominated for six Oscars: one for Best Writing for Green Card; one for Best Picture for Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World; and four for Best Director for the films Master and CommanderThe Truman ShowDead Poets Society, and Witness. Pretty impressive career.

Carrie-Anne Moss

This Canadian (born in Vancouver, B.C.) turned 45 today. She is best known for her role as Trinity in The Matrix trilogy, and also well-known for her roles in MementoChocolat alongside Johnny Depp, and in Disturbia.

   Happy birthday guys.

August 20 Celebrity Birthdays

There are three birthdays today that I thought were pretty worthy to write a post about. Amy Adams turned 38, Andrew Garfield turned 29, and Jonathan Ke Quan turned 41. I’ll start by explaining the accomplishments of Ke Quan, because you might be wondering just who he is. Don’t worry if you don’t though,  I wouldn’t know him by his actual name either.

Jonathan Ke Quan Picture

 

                                            Jonathan Ke Quan

“Okey dokey, Dr. Jones,” or “Hold on to your potatoes,” would be the catch phrase for this little guy, you guys probably know Ke Quan best for his portrayal as Short Round in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (and I still have to see the Indy films); or as Data in The Goonies, practically the little Vietnamese James Bond.

 Well, that’s all I have to say about this child star.

 

Amy Adams Picture

Amy Adams

Amy Adams is was born in Italy and just turned 38 today. She is possibly best known to the young audience for her starring roles in Enchanted and The Muppets. She can be both a great dramatic presence (like in The Fighter) and a charismatic one, like as the innocent young aspiring nurse (at least I think that was her role) in Catch Me If You Can. Adams has been nominated for three Academy Awards: all Best Suppourting Actress nominations for the films JunebugDoubt and The Fighter. I admire Adams because she’s just not another pretty face, but also a great screen presence and talent; and she is one actress destined for an Oscar sometime soon, maybe her role in The Master will be a winner for her. 

Andrew Garfield Picture

Andrew Garfield

 Garfield was born in L.A., but moved back to England when he was three years old and grew up there. He just turned 29 today. He is best known for his role as Spider-Man in the super hero reboot, The Amazing Spider-Man. He’s also well known for his role in The Social Network as Eduardo, *KIND OF SPOILER ALERT* the friend turned enemy. He’s a bit of a newcomer to starring roles in Hollywood (with the 2007 exception of Boy A), and he has a promising career ahead of him.

 Happy birthday, guys!

Edward Norton turned 43 yesterday

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Edward Norton turned 43 yesterday, I know I’m late but he’s one of my favourite actors and I think he should get a birthday shout-out.

 You can catch Norton in theatres in the movie The Bourne Legacy or Moonrise Kingdom. He also plays in such movies as The Illusionist, where he plays magician in late nineteenth century Vienna; 25th HourThe Italian Job, a Hannibal Lecter film Red Dragon, and the pretty bad Death to Smoochy.

 He often plays characters that are usually very intelligent, but have troubled sides to them, like the films American History X where he plays a former neo-nazi skinhead, Fight Club and especially when he portrayed The Hulk in The Incredible Hulk

 Norton has been nominated for two Oscars, for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his work in American History X, and Best Actor in a Suppourting Role for his work in Primal Fear.

 Happy late birthday, Norton.

So which famous figures were born on August 17?

A few big stars were born on this day: Robert De Niro (69 — Ha!), and Sean Penn (52).

Some of De Niro’s best known films are HeatCasinoGoodfellas or Taxi Driver (which I haven’t, ashamedly, seen any of them, I own the first three but I just have to find the time), and he’s pretty well known for his comedic roles in Meet the ParentsMeet the Fockers and the not-so-good third entry, Little Fockers. He is both a great drama actor and comedy actor. De Niro has won two Academy Awards for Best Actor in Raging Bull and Best Suppourting Actor for his work in The Godfather Part II. And he has four other nominations to his name. Robert De Niro is one actor that I respect, love to watch work and would love to see a lot more of his films. I haven’t been into old classics and stuff for a long time, so I really would like to watch some of his best flicks.

 Some of Penn’s best known films are Mystic River21 Grams, and Milk. Damn. Another actor’s best known flicks that I haven’t seen any of. I guess I have a lot of time to see these classics, I am only seventeen years old. Penn won the Best Actor Oscars for Mystic River and Milk. And he’s also been nominated for three other Best Actor Oscars. I’ve seen him in Fast Times at Ridgemont High and in the Fincher thriller The Game, which I enjoyed him in both.                            Although I haven’t seen a lot of Penn’s films (similar to De Niro) a lot his flicks are on my watchlist.

(On a side note unrelated to their birthdays) I’m an aspiring movie buff, I say aspiring because I haven’t seen a lot of classics. Crap. I need to work on that. But I am going to watch Jaws (it’ll be like a new experience as I saw it like seven years ago) and Deliverance tonight. So, I’m pretty excited for those thrilling experiences.

Happy birthday comedy actor Steve Carell (50) and legendary director James Cameron (58)!

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Comedy actor, Steve Carell, surprisingly (at least to me) turned 50 today. Why not celebrate by going to see his romantic comedy film Hope Springs in theatres? He portrays a marriage counsellor who tries to help the characters of Tommy Lee Jones and Meryl Streep fix their, well, marriage.

 Or watch some of his comedy gems like The 40 Year Old Virgin; play a suppourting character in Will Ferrell’s Anchorman; watch him in the star-studded 2011 romantic comedy Crazy, Stupid, Love alongside Ryan Gosling and Julianne Moore; or view his voice talents as Gru in the family animated comedy Despicable Me; or maybe watch him in the earlier eight seasons on The Office as Michael Scott.

 He’s usually very funny to watch .

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If you’re not a comedy lover, watch one great Ontario native (James Cameron) direct, and often write, some incredible films like:  1984’s action flick The Terminator (which I watched a long time ago and will have to rewatch it), 1991’s Terminator 2: Judgement Day; 2009’s great action flick Avatar; sci-fi greats like 1986’s Aliens or 1989’s The Abyss (but I haven’t seen either Aliens or The Abyss, unfortunately, but I have heard good things about them) or 1997’s romantic epic, Titanic, that won eleven Oscars including Best Picture.

 Though, maybe your Cameron worship should take place on the weekend as his films can be quite lengthy.