I promise that the rest of May will be available on the site tonight but in the meantime. Happy Birthday to...
... Jim Broadbent, 55, one of the finest character actors in the world and the 2001 recipient of the FiLM BiTCH Award for Best Supporting Actor. He also won the Oscar that year but for the wrong movie.
...Roger Deakins,55, ace cinematographer. It's almost impossible to pick a favorite piece from his outstanding filmography . Go ahead and try ~ His resume includes gorgeously shot stuff likeBarton Fink, Rob Roy, Dead Man Walking, Fargo, Kundun, O Brother Where Art Thou?, The Man Who Wasn't There, A Beautiful Mind, and The Village and that's a sampling from only the last 15 years. Up next for Deakins? The gulf war memoir Jarhead. Will he finally win that Oscar that's eluded him?
...Kristin Scott Thomas who is 45 today and still a cool beauty. Chromophobia, her latest film which premiered at Cannes, didn't get a lot of buzz coverage but at the very least it reunites her with her former onscreen perfect match for icy gorgeousness, Ralph Fiennes. You'd think that reuniting the stars of The English Patient would be an angle worth marketing. If you like Kristin (and if you don't -- why the hell not?) I suggest a viewing of something you might not have seen like Angels & Insects in which she is typically strong. Or, if you want something a little more recent try watching Gosford Park again. Helen Mirren and Maggie Smith got all the attention (and Oscar nominations) but Thomas was also dependably terrific.
And Happy Anniversary to Kate Winslet & Sam Mendes. May 24th marks their 2nd wedding anniversary.