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Monday
Jun 04 2018

Showbiz History: Dunkirk Evacuation,Suffragette Trampling,and Celebrity Offspring

Happy June 4th,y'all.Here are several things that happened on this day in history that you can be celebrating or thinking about today as you go about your busy lives.Happy birthday if it's your special day you awesome Gemini,you!

1907His Girl Fridayherself Rosalind Russell born in Connecticut.

1913 Emily Davison,a suffragette,purposefully steps in front of a horse at King George V's Derby and is trampled to death.Though the recent filmSuffragette(2015) was not a true story,many of its details were true including this turning point moment in the suffragette movement...

-EMILY!
-Never surrender.Never give up the fight!

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Thursday
Dec 08 2016

Kirk Douglas Centennial: Spartacus (1960)

Here's Eric to continue our mini Kirk Douglas fest.The actor turns 100 tomorrow

The story goes that Kirk Douglas was so disappointed that William Wyler didn't cast him as the lead in 1959'sBen-Hurthat he optioned Howard Fast's similarly-themed novel Spartacus for his chance to conquer the Roman Empire...

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Saturday
Jun 04 2016

When Tony Met Janet.And Other Stories...

Today in movie related history...

1907CrackingRosalind Russellis born.Stars in many classics including:His Girl Friday,Gypsy,andAuntie Mameand is nominated for 4 Best Actress Oscars.亚博主页The only actresses that share her fate of 4 Best Actress nominations w/out a win: Greta Garbo,Marsha Mason,and Barbara Stanwyck.Of the four only Marsha Mason didn't receive an Honorary later on.
1913Suffragette Emily Davison runs onto the track at the Epson Derby and is trampled by King George V's horse.It's a huge turning point in the court of public opinion and the suffragette movement.It was reenacted in last year'sSuffragette.
1936Bruce Dern is born and never stops acting thereafter.Also donates Laura Dern to the world for which he has our undying gratitude
1940The last allied soldiers leave Dunkirk.Britain's PM vows that his forces will "never surrender".Christopher Nolan is currently filming a movie about Dunkirk called,you guessed it,Dunkirk
1942The Battle of Midway begins in World War II.John Ford directed an Oscar winning documentary about itthat you can watch for free online.If you're interested in the topic you should definitely read Mark Harris's book "Five Came Back"about famous Hollywood directors during the war.

1951Rising actors Janet Leigh (23) and Tony Curtis (26) are married.Much bigger stardom is thrown at them like so much rice via iconic films likePsycho,A Touch of Evil,andThe Manchurian Candidate(Hers) andSome Like It Hot,SpartacusandThe DefiantOnes (His) shortly thereafter. They break up in '62 but not before gifting us with Jamie Lee Curtis.
195270s TV star Parker Stevenson is born.Later becomes half ofTheHardy Boysand marries Kirstie Alley who famously refers to his junk "giving me the big one"in her 1991 Emmy speech.This was long before the days when the internet made bulge-watching a national pasttime.(Music cue: "Class"fromChicagohere,please.Whatever happened to it?It's all Kirstie Alley's fault!)
1964Kōji Yamamura is born.Later nominated for an Oscar for the Animated ShortMount Head.It's worth your ten minutes,it's so trippy.
1975Angelina Jolie emerges.The world is never the same.
1978Deniz Gamze Ergüven is born in Turkey.She was Oscar nominated last season for her debut filmMustang,which made our top ten list.

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1982PoltergeistandStar Trek II: The Wrath of Khanboth open in theaters
1984Bruce Springsteen releases his classic "Born in the USA"album the title track of which is used in many movies since.The first video "Dancin' in the Dark"introduces the world to soon to be household name actress Courtney Cox.
1989The Tiananmen Square protests come to a violent end in Beijing with hundreds of young protesters killed.Hollywood has ignored itdespite their love of historical event movies and Chinese films usually ignore it too due to the topic being taboo with the government.But two sexually controversial movies released in the Aughts used it as part of the narrative: the gay dramaLan Yu(2001) which won four Golden Horse awards and,more prominently,the college student dramaSummer Palace(2006) which was banned at home,and withdrawn from competition at Cannes.Both films are worth seeing.