Nov. 12th: Celebrating the birthdays of the filmic and famous
1840 Auguste Rodin, sculptor... still waiting on a biopic though Gerard Depardieu did play him in Camille Claudel (1988). In his honor today, get naked and strike a memorable pose.
1922 Kim Hunter, "STELLAAA!"
1929 Grace Kelly, princess
1942 Wallace Shawn, "inconceivable!"
1945 Neil Young, musician
1947 Patrice Leconte, director (Ridicule, The Widow of St. Pierre, Monsieur Hire, etcetera)
1958 Megan Mullally, Karen no more
1963 Susumu Terajima, Japanese actor
1973 Radha Mitchell, actress. Melinda²
1978 Alexandra Maria Lara, international schauspielerin
Finally, let's hear it for one-time Oscar nominees Ryan Gosling, turning 29 today, and Anne Hathaway, turning 27. Will it be tricky for them to find worthy follow ups to Half Nelson and Rachel Getting Married? Being in demand, which they both unquestionably are, is different than finding challenging three-dimensional parts. Hathaway has 10 projects somewhere on that long and volatile road to the screen the most exciting of which, from an acting standpoint, is probably Get Happy: The Life of Judy Garland. But that's a long way off still and for all we know might never happen (development hell is always a danger). The next ones we actually know we'll see are the romantic comedy (Valentine's Day), the true life drama (Love And Other Drugs with Jake Gyllenhaal) and the blockbuster fantasy (Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland). She's covering all her genre bases. Gosling plays harder to get with new projects. Two more coming soon: the unsolved murder drama All Good Things with Kirsten Dunst and yet another contemporary drama that's allergic to linear chronology, Blue Valentine (with Michelle Williams).
Both of these Young Hollywood superstars can sing but only one of them is threatening to take time off for music. Note to Gosling: Better to find a great musical than be one of those actors.