The Walking Dead: The Day Will Come When You Won’t Be


I don’t think I am going out on a limb when I say that the seventh season premier of The Walking Dead was the most hyped and anticipated episode in the show’s history.  The season six finale, now a distant memory, built up to a cliff-hanger that dared your to care about its resolution six months later.  Since then, AMC has spent half a year stoking the fires of fandom to make sure viewers remembered that someone was going to die this week.

There’s obviously going to be spoilers after the jump.  My guess is that if you didn’t watch the episode live last night, you probably aren’t too worried about being spoiled, but be warned anyway.

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October 24: Happy Birthday Kevin Kline and F. Murray Abraham


Kevin Kline celebrates his 69th today.  He began his career with The Acting Company, a touring group co-founded by John Houseman, which provides young performers with a chance to gain experience.  He was soon working on Broadway, winning Tony Awards for his roles in the original production of On the Twentieth Century and Joseph Papp’s revival of The Pirates of Penzance.

Kline soon started working in film.  He made his debut in 1982 in Sophie’s Choice, and the following year was seen in two films, one of them Lawrence Kasdan’s The Big Chill.  The other brought one of his most memorable stage performances to the big screen:

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October 23: Happy Birthday Ryan Reynolds and Emilia Clarke


Ryan Reynolds is turning 40 today.  His first acting job was in a Canadian TV series called Hillside (renamed Fifteen in the US).  American audiences got to know him in the sitcom Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place (the pizza place was dropped from the show, and the title, after two seasons), where he played one of the leads.

Reynolds first lead role in a film was in National Lampoon’s Van Wilder, a critical flop but a modest financial success given its small budget; the remake of The Amityville Horror was much the same story, with somewhat bigger numbers across the board.  He also began to find a niche in romantic comedy:

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Starlog Archives: Submerged in Star Trek IV

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home was tied into the 20th anniversary of Star Trek.  The October 1986 issue of Starlog magazine offered a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the then-upcoming release.

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October 22: Happy Birthday Jeff Goldblum and Derek Jacobi


Jeff Goldblum turns 64 today.  He began getting small roles in major films in the mid-1970s, appearing in roles such as Tricycle Guy in Nashville and “the man who lost his mantra” in Annie Hall.  His first significant role came in the 1978 remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, beginning a career-long association with sci-fi and horror films; what may be his most-remembered lead role was also a sci-fi/horror movie:

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Movieline Cover Gallery 1999

October 21: Happy Birthday Carrie Fisher and Dizzy Gillespie


Carrie Fisher celebrates her 60th birthday today.  The daughter of singer Eddie Fisher and actress Debbie Reynolds, she made her Broadway debut in the 1973 revival of the musical Irene and her film debut two years later in the comedy Shampoo.  And two years after that, she appeared in the role that made her famous, Princess Leia in Star Wars, as well as in its two sequels:

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Frozen Toys and Cultural Impact: Another Look at Modern Disney Merchandise and Movies

WDW - Frozen dolls

Recently, I wondered whether or not Frozen was the only recent animated movie that Disney mattered. It was just kind of a random thought I had really, as I was thinking one day, “y’know, ever since Disney’s bought Marvel and Star Wars and everything, it seems like the only animated movie they focus on is Frozen. I wonder if there’s any correlation to that?” and just sort of made a theory that they were mainly focusing on Frozen because their animated movies were no longer their only big franchise.  The original article sparked a conversation about movie merchandise that I would like to follow up on.

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October 20: Happy Birthday Danny Boyle and Viggo Mortensen


Danny Boyle celebrates his 60th birthday today.  He began his directing career in British theater, with the Royal Court Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company.  He didn’t make his first film, the black comedy Shallow Grave, until he was nearly 40; it won the Alexander Korda Award for Best British film at the BAFTA Awards.  He followed that one up with another black comedy, about a circle of heroin users in Edinburgh:

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Who’s the Best Actor in Hollywood?

Bridges - White Squall

For the October 1996 issue of Movieline, eight of the magazine’s writers made a case for who they thought was the best actor working in movies at that time.  Some of these choices have stood the test of time better than others, but all of them are still reasonably well-respected today and all but one is still actively working.

I’m expecting lively debate in the comments section.

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October 19: Happy Birthday Jon Favreau and Jason Reitman


Jon Favreau celebrates his 50th birthday today.  He was living in Chicago, working at local improv theaters, when he was cast in a significant supporting role in Rudy.  He then had a supporting part in PCU, a small role in Batman Forever, and a guest spot on Seinfeld; a bit later in the 1990s he would have a recurring role on Friends.  But it was the 1996 film Swingers, which Favreau both wrote and starred in, that put him on the map:

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Starlog Archives: Making First Contact

The October 1996 issue of Starlog was yet another Star Trek anniversary issue.  The coverage of the 30th anniversary contained a lot of the same kinds of articles we have seen in other October issues.  It also contained a feature on the making of what is generally considered the best of the Next Generation movies, Star Trek: First Contact.

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October 18: Happy Birthday Wynton Marsalis and George C. Scott


Wynton Marsalis celebrates his 55th birthday today.  A trumpeter who is accomplished at both jazz and classical music, Marsalis performed with the New Orleans Philharmonic at 14 years of age.  After graduating from the Juilliard School in 1981, he immediately began to make a mark as a recording artist.  In 1983, he became the first, and so far only, artist to win Grammys for classical and jazz recordings in the same year, the first for a recording of the trumpet concertos of Haydn, Hummel and Leopold Mozart, the second for his album Think of One:

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