Today is the fifty-fifth birthday of Robert Downey, Jr.. He was born in Manhattan on this day in 1955 to actors Elsie Ann and Robert Downey, Sr.. He started acting at the age of five, first appearing in his father's film Pound, eventually appearing in minor roles for a number of his father's films.
In 1985, he was cast as a main member of the weekly sketch comedy Saturday Night Life. However, the season was marred by terrible ratings and he only lasted a single season, eventually being considered the single worst cast member the show ever had. He then appeared in a number of prolific 1980s films such as Tuff Turf, Weird Science, and Back to School. He rose to prominence when he played famed filmmaker Charles Chaplin in the film Chaplin, for which…Read more >
Unless you've been living in a cave the past couple of months, you're well aware of the coronavirus COVID-19 crisis that has disrupted the entire world. The disease has killed numerous people and infected many more. No one in any part of the world has been safe. Last Tuesday, it virus claimed the life of Julie Bennett who passed away at the age of eighty-eight according to a statement from her friend and agent Mark Scroggs.
Bennett was born in Manhattan on January 31st, 1932. She began acting on stage, in radio soap operas, and television dramas. She appeared on shows such as The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show, Adventures of Superman, Dragnet, and Leave it to Beaver. In the 1950s, she began working as a voice actress starting with The Bullwi…Read more >
Today is the fifteenth anniversary of the premiere of Sin City. Based on the series of Dark Horse comics, the film follows a series of interconnected stories set in the film noir world of Sin City where average people try to survive in a corrupted world.
The film utilized emerging computer graphics technology to produce a nearly shot-for-shot adaptation of the comic book series, rather than adapting and interpreting the story. This produced the most faithful comic book adaptation both in terms of story and visuals. It was so close to the source that no screenwriter was credited, instead giving sole credit to comic book creator Frank Miller.
The film was a major success with fans and critics. It earned several times its budget at the box offic…Read more >
Today is the release of Onward. The film is the twenty-second from Pixar Animation Studios for The Walt Disney Company. Set in a world where technology has made magic obsolete, the story follows two brothers who resurrect only half of their deceased father and set out on a quest to finish the spell before time runs out.
The film features the talents of Grey Griffin as biker gang leader Dewdrop as well as Carlos Alazraqui and Chris Cox providing additional voices.Read more >
Today is the thirtieth anniversary of the premiere of The Hunt for Red October. The film is based on the bestselling 1984 novel of the same name. It follows CIA analyst Jack Ryan as he attempts to discover whether the Red October, an experimental Soviet nuclear submarine that can avoid detection, is attempting a sneak attack on the United States or if they are defecting.
The film is the first of five films that would adapt Tom Clancy's book series featuring main hero Jack Ryan. The producers were given access to real life declassified nuclear submarines to film on. It went on to become a major hit with fans and critics. It was the sixth highest grossing film of the year breaking several records. It was nominated for several awards, including …Read more >