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Category Archives: Celebrity Birthdays

Happy Birthday to Nicolas Cage


Nicolas Cage

Happy Birthday to Nicolas Cage!

The famous actor turns 50 years old today.

Although he and his career have basically imploded and taken a nosedive in the last 7 years, Nicolas Cage is still one of my favorite actors of all time.

Unfortunately he has disgraced us all with the absurdity and awfulness of The Wicker Man (2006), Ghost Rider (2007), The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (2010), Season of the Witch (2011), Drive Angry (2011), Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2011), and The Frozen Ground (2013).

However, let us not forget the jewels that he has bestowed upon us with:

NICOLAS CAGE as Yuri Orlov in LORD OF WAR directed by ANDREW NICCOL

Lord of War (2005),

The Weather Man Nicolas Cage

The Weather Man (2005),

National Treasure Nicolas Cage

National Treasure (2004),

Matchstick Men Nicolas Cage

Matchstick Men (2003),

The Family Man Cage Cheadle

The Family Man (2000),

Gone in Sixty Seconds Cage

Gone in Sixty Seconds (2000),

Bringing Out the Dead Cage

Bringing Out the Dead (1999),

FaceOff Cage

Face/Off (1997),

Con Air Cage Malkovich

Con Air (1997),

The Rock Cage

The Rock (1996),

Leavin Las Vegas Cage

Leaving Las Vegas (1995),

Kiss of Death Cage

Kiss of Death (1995),

Raising Arizona Cage

and Raising Arizona (1987).

The man can still act.  Every once in a while he gets his act together and creates something that is reminiscent of the Nicolas Cage of old.  I still watch his films with a shimmer of hope because one day he could turn it all around and return to greatness.  One day he just might make his comeback.  He is not getting any younger, but 50 years old is something to celebrate.  Happy Birthday Nic and thank you for the excellent movie watching experiences!

Click on the links below to read my Nicolas Cage movie reviews:

Kick-Ass (2010)

Stolen (2012)

The Frozen Ground (2013)

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Happy Birthday to Alfred Hitchcock


 

Alfred Hitchcock action

Happy Birthday to Alfred Hitchcock!  The master of suspense would have turned 114  years old today.

Alfred Hitchcock Cigar Bird

He is easily considered one of the best film directors to ever live.  Arguably Hitchcock impacted the movie industry more than any other director.  His methods forever changed movies.

Alfred Hitchcock Aims

His 4 most famous films are Psycho (1960), Rear Window (1954), Vertigo (1958) and North By Northwest (1959).

Happy Birthday to Mary-Louise Parker


Mary-Louise Parker

Happy Birthday to Mary-Louise Parker!  The talented actress turns 49 years old today.

Red 2 Zeta Jones Parker Willis

Parker has become more popular on the big screen in recent years thanks mostly to Red (2010).  She currently has 2 films out in theatres: Red 2 (2013), and R.I.P.D. (2013).

R.I.P.D. Parker

Happy Birthday to Arnold Schwarzenegger


Arnold Schwarzenegger Mr. Universe

Happy Birthday to Arnold Schwarzenegger!

Arnold Schwarzenegger Governor

The man has been known as Mr. Universe and The Governor of California, but he will always be remembered as The Terminator.

The Terminator Arnold

Ahnuld turns 66 years old today.

THE TOMB

Check out the trailer for his latest movie that also stars Sylvester StalloneEscape Plan (2013).

The duo will also return for another go-round in the movie The Expendables 3 (2014).

Earlier this year Ahnuld was in The Last Stand (2013).

Check out Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Impression of Jeff Dunham’s Walter Doll.

He will be back in Terminator 5 (2015).

Click on any of the links below to read my Arnold Schwarzenegger movie reviews:

The Last Stand (2013)

Escape Plan (2013)

Happy Birthday to Ray Allen


Ray Allen

Happy Birthday to Ray Allen!  The greatest 3-point shooter to ever live turns 38 years old today.

He Got Game Washington Allen

Allen acted opposite Denzel Washington in the movie He Got Game (1998).  Apparently he was also in Harvard Man (2001), which I have not seen.

Miami Heat's Lebron James hails 'best game' after forcing NBA finals to game seven - video

Ray is an okay actor, but an amazing basketball player.  Most recently he can be credited for winning the 2013 NBA Finals for the Miami Heat.  The San Antonio Spurs had the Heat backed into a corner.  Lebron James couldn’t finish, so it took a real superstar (Ray Allen) to knock down a 3-pointer at the buzzer in game 6, that ultimately won the Championship.  It was a dagger through the heart of the Spurs and Allen did the stabbing.  If it weren’t for Ray, the Heat would have lost.

2008 NBA Finals Allen Bryant

Ray Allen has probably the purest shot that I have ever seen.  I will never forget the 2008 NBA Finals when he helped the Boston Celtics claim victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.

Ray Allen Celtics

It was tough to see him leave the Celtics and go over to the darkside.  In my mind he will always be a Celtic.  He definitely Got Game!

Happy Birthday to Harrison Ford


Harrison Ford

Happy Birthday to Harrison Ford!  The actor most famously known for his part as Hon Solo in the original Star Wars Trilogy turns 71 years old today.

Star Wars Ford Chewy

Ford can credit his popularity and huge movie career to George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, the men responsible for making him famous.  Lucas wrote and directed all of the Star Wars films.  Spielberg directed and Lucas wrote all of the Indiana Jones films (the other movies that ford is most known for).

Ford Lucas Spielberg

After Lucas and Spielberg made Harrison Ford a household name, he went on to have a very successful career.

Indiana Jones Swap

Ford has 3 major films releasing later this year: Ender’s Game (2013), Anchorman: The Legend Continues (2013), and Paranoia (2013).

Happy Birthday to Tom Hanks


Tom Hanks

Happy Birthday to Tom Hanks!  He is one of the most well-known actors of all time and he turns 57 years old today.

Toy Story 3 Tom Hanks

Hanks has been on the top of the acting food chain for over 20 years, until recently.  Although he has continued to make a number of movies over the last few years, it seems like his popularity has decreased lately.  Besides contributing his voice for Toy Story 3 (2010), Tom Hanks has not had a quality acting part in a successful movie since Angels & Demons (2009).

Tom Hanks stars in Columbia Pictures' suspense thriller "Angels & Demons."

His upcoming role in Captain Phillips (2013) appears like it has the potential to revive his career and bring him back into the spotlight.  If it doesn’t, I guess there is always Toy Story 4.

Saving Private Ryan Hanks

Just think about all of the solid performances that Tom Hanks has given to us over the course of his career.  The man sure has been consistent.

Road to Perdition Hanks gun

My favorite Hanks movies are Saving Private Ryan (1998), Road to Perdition (2002), Catch me if You Can (2002), Big (1988), Forrest Gump (1994), and A League of Their Own (1992), just to name a few.

Catch me if You Can Hanks holding up DiCaprio

Happy Birthday to Kevin Bacon


Kevin Bacon

Happy Birthday to Kevin Bacon!  He celebrates his 55th year in this world today.

Mystic River Bacon Fishburne

When I think of Kevin Bacon, the first thing that comes to mind is the game “6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon.”  This guy has acted alongside so many of the greats in so many excellent films that they named a game after him.

Planes Trains and Automobiles Bacon

So how do you play “6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon,” you ask?  Well, great question, thanks for asking.  The object of the game is to link any given actor to Kevin Bacon in 6 steps or less.  The less steps the better.  For example I’ll use Angelica Huston as the other actor because she shares birthdays with Kevin Bacon, except today she turns 62.  Now let’s try to link Huston with Bacon in the least amount of steps.  Huston was in The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) with Bill Murray, that’s the first step; Murray was in Wild Things (1998) with Bacon, and that’s the second and last step.  There you go.  I successfully linked Angelica Huston to Kevin Bacon in 2 steps.  Obviously the only thing better than 2 steps is 1 step.  The only way that you could link the two actors together in 1 step is to find a movie that they were both in together.  That example was pretty easy.  Sometimes the game can get pretty intricate and difficult.

Sleepers Bacon

I used to play a variation of “6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon.”  The version that I would play was to link any 2 random actors together, rather than always Kevin Bacon and 1 other.

Stir of Echoes Bacon

Not everyone can play those games.  You almost have to have a real movie obsession to be any good at them.

Death Sentence Bacon

You know than an actor is pretty awesome when they name a game like that after him.

Click on the links below to read my Kevin Bacon movie reviews:

R.I.P.D. (2013)

Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011)

Happy Birthday to Shelley Duvall


The Shining Duvall Bat

Happy Birthday to Shelley Duvall! The actress turns 64 years old today.

The Shining Danny Finger

Happy Birthday Mrs. Torrance!

The Shining Duvall Knife

Remember that kooky, creepy lady who played Jack Nicholson’s wife in The Shining (1980)? Yeah, that’s her.

Shelley Duvall 2013

That is about the only movie that I liked her in. But, you have to admit, she helped make The Shining as horrific as it is.

The Shining Duvall Nicholson

Happy Birthday to Sylvester Stallone


Sylvester Stallone

Happy Birthday to Sylvester Stallone!  The Italian Stallion turns 67 years old today.

Rocky (1976)

When I think of Sylvester Stallone, I think of his characters Rocky Balboa and John Rambo. Balboa is from his 5 Rocky films, beginning with Rocky (1976) and Rambo is from his 4 Rambo movies, beginning with First Blood (1982).

First Blood Stallone

In more recent years, Stallone has gathered together his fellow aging action heroes.  They have all banded together to form The Expendables trilogy.  The Expendables (2010) started it all.  The Expendables 3 is planned to release in the summer of 2014.

The Expendables 2

Click here for Stallones Big Question for Chuck Norris.

It appears as if old age is not going to slow down Sylvester.  He is 67 and he continues to make action films.  This October he will be trying to break out of prison with Arnold Schwarzenegger in the movie Escape Plan (2013).  This Christmas Stallone will be boxing Robert De Niro in the film Grudge Match (2013).  The Italian Stallion vs. The Raging Bull.  That promises to be a Christmas present worth waiting for.  My money is on Rocky.

Italian Stallion vs. Raging Bull

 

Click on the links below to read my Sylvester Stallone Movie Reviews:

Cop Land (1997)

Bullet to the Head (2012)

Escape Plan (2013)