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Thursday
May 26 2016

Bram Stoker's Dracula,Helena Bonham-Carter,and Peggy Lee Fever

On this day in history as it relates to the movies...

1828Feral teenager Kaspar Hauser is discovered wandering Nuremberg,claiming to have been raised in total isolation.Theories abound and the story inspires many artists down the road including Werner Herzog in the filmThe Enigma of Kaspar Hauser(1974).
1877Influential dancer Isadora Duncan is born.Vanessa Redgrave gets an Oscar nomination playing her inIsadora!(1968)
1886Al Jolson is born.Will later star in the first "talkie"The Jazz Singer(1927)
1894Silent film star Norma Talmadge is born
1897Bram Stoker's epistolary novel "Dracula"is published.Never stops being adapted for film and television but our hearts will always belong to Francis Coppola'sBram Stoker's Dracula(1992) despite the aggravating double possessive
1907John Wayne was born.Did he always talk like that?
1913Peter Cushing is born in England.Later stars in Hammer Horror films with his irl best friend Christopher Lee,the Dracula to his Van Helsing.Perhaps most famously Carrie Fisher 'recognizes his foul stench' when she's captured inStar Wars
1914Geoffrey Unsworth,two time Oscar winning genius cinematographer is born.Shot so many gorgeous movies like2001,Cabaret,Tess,Supermanas well as a legendary bad one inZardoz.

1920Peggy Lee is born.The popular singer was mysteriously left out of AMPAS's annual "In Memoriam"section at the Oscars despite numerous film connections,亚博主页like voicing multiple characters inLady in the Tramp,starring in a remake ofThe Jazz Singer,popularizing the song "Why Don't You Do Right?"inStage Door Canteen(later spectacularly used inWho Framed Roger Rabbit?),and even nabbing an admittedly strange supporting actress nomination forPete Kelly's Blues(1955).Now where's that biopic we were promised from Todd Haynes starring Reese Witherspoon?
1926Miles Davis is born.Hisbiopicis in theaters currently because famous men get biopics.
1948Stevie Nicks emerges with her diaphamous shawls from mother's womb;starts spinning.We see her gypsy.
1949The legendary Pam Grier is born.Also answers to "Coffy,""Foxy Brown,"and "Jackie Brown"
1961Tarsem Singh is born.Eventually trades truly weird beautiful auteurial stuff for still weird CGI mainstream drudgery


1966Helena Bonham Carter is born.Initially pegged as Merchant Ivory's favorite dress up doll,she goes on to have a rather spectacularly enduring career.Happy 50th Helena!

Helena's 10 Best Performances?My List...

  1. Wings of the Dove(1997) shoulda won the Oscar
  2. Fight Club(1999) shoulda been nominated for the Oscar
  3. Howard's End(1992) shoulda been nominated for the Oscar
  4. Sweeney Todd(2007) shame about the singing voice.because otherwise...
  5. A Room With a View(1986)
  6. Suffragette(2015)
  7. The Curse of the Were-Rabbit(2005)
  8. Eyesore in Wonderland(2010)
  9. Lady Jane(1985)
  10. Hamlet(1990)

1971Lenny,by Julian Barry.opens on Broadway.Barry adapts it to film three years later with Bob Fosse directing.They both receive Oscar nominations.Lennyeven gets a third life in a way when it basically serves as the film within the film ofAll That Jazz
1984
"Let's Hear It For the Boy,"fromFootloose,hits #1 on the pop charts.Goes on to an Original Song nomination at the Oscars.亚博主页Loses to "I Just Called To Say I Love You"by Stevie Wonder fromWoman in Red
2006X-Men: Last Stand,the thirdX-Menmotion picture, opened in theaters and was bad enough to destroy the franchise...except they kept right on making them.TomorrowX-Men 6opens,better known asX-Men Apocalypse.