Aug 20: Happy Birthday Amy Adams and Andrew Garfield


Amy Adams celebrates her 42nd birthday today.  In 1999, she was working in dinner theater in Minnesota when she had the chance to audition for a role in Drop Dead Gorgeous.  Although her role was small she won critical praise, and she moved to Southern California.  For the next several years her film career had ups and downs—a significant supporting role in Spielberg’s Catch Me if You Can was followed by a year where she got no work at all.  But things began looking up for her in 2004 when she was sent the script for an indie film, a bittersweet comedy called Junebug, and was cast as the role of Ashley Johnston.

Junebug had only a limited release but got enough attention for Adams to receive an Oscar nomination (her first of five) for Best Supporting Actress.  From that point she has never really looked back.  Enchanted did well at the box office and showed off her lovely singing voice, and brought her her first Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Musical/Comedy.  She received Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for Best Supporting Actress for Doubt, The Fighter and The Master, and then received her first Best Actress nod for the 2013 film American Hustle.  She also won a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy for the same film, and followed up a year later with a second consecutive Golden Globe for Big Eyes.  And as most of us know, she portrayed Lois Lane in Man of Steel and Batman v Superman.  In a little over a decade she has gone from out of work to one of the most sought-after actresses in Hollywood.

Andrew Garfield, who turns 33 today, began his acting career in British television and theater.  He made his feature film debut in Lions for Lambs, and received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor for The Social Network.  In the same year that that film came out, Garfield was cast in the role that, for most movie viewers, he is best known for:

At one point Sony had plans to build a rival to the Marvel Cinematic Universe around the Amazing Spider-Man franchise; however, a number of factors including the relatively poor financial performance of Amazing Spider-Man 2 caused Sony to abandon those plans.  Meanwhile, Garfield has two films coming out later this year, Martin Scorsese’s Silence and the World War II biopic Hacksaw Ridge.

Tony winner and 3-time Oscar nominee Joan Allen began her career with Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre company.    Her Broadway debut in Lanford Wilson’s play Burn This brought her a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play.  Her film career took off in the mid-90s with Best Supporting Actress nominations in successive years for playing Pat Nixon in Nixon and Elizabeth Proctor in The Crucible.  A few years later she was nominated for Best Actress for the political drama The Contender.  She has also been in box office hits like Face/Off and two of the Bourne films.  She turns 60 today.

Director and writer David O. Russell celebrates his 58th birthday today.  Russell has been making films since the 1980s, with titles like Flirting With Disaster and Three Kings to his credit, but he’s best known for the run of films he’s made starting in 2010—The Fighter, Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle and Joy.  Those four films earned a combined 26 Oscar nominations, including Best Director nods for Russell for the last three and several acting nominations.  Along the way, Russell seems to also have rekindled a reputation for being an on-set tyrant.

Sylvester McCoy celebrates his 73rd birthday today; he is best known as the Seventh Doctor and as Radagast the Brown in the Hobbit trilogy—where he and his racing Rhosgebel rabbits were one of the few highlights.  Don King, the flamboyant and controversial promoter who dominated the boxing world in the 1970s and ’80s, turns 85.  Robert Plant, the lead singer and lyricist of Led Zeppelin, celebrates his 68th birthday.  Durable character actor Ray Wise, who played Leland Palmer on Twin Peaks and returns to the role next year on Showtime, turns 69.  Russian director Andrei Konchalovsky turns 79 today; his best-known Hollywood films are probably Runaway Train and Tango & Cash.

Pop singer and actress Demi Lovato, who got started in the Disney Channel movie Camp Rock, turns 24.  Liana Liberato, known for films such as Trust and The Best of Me, celebrates her 21st.  Buffy and Angel fans will be taking note of James Marsters‘ 54th birthday; he played Spike in the two series.  Ben Barnes turns 35.  He played Prince/King Caspian in two of the Chronicles of Narnia films and more recently was Samuel Adams in Sons of Liberty on the History Channel.  Meghan Ory of ABC’s Once Upon a Time (as Ruby/Red Riding Hood) turns 34.  And Jonathan Ke Quan, remembered for his appearances in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (as Short Round) and The Goonies (as Data), turns 45.

H. P. Lovecraft (1890-1937) was virtually unknown in his lifetime, but is now recognized as a huge influence in the area of horror fiction, and also important to fantasy literature.  The Cthulhu Mythos, grounded in some of his fiction, is one of the first examples of a shared fictional universe.

Alan Reed (1907-1977) acted in films like Viva Zapata! and Breakfast at Tiffany’s, but he was far better known as a voice actor.  Americans of a certain generation would have no trouble recognizing his most famous role even if all they  heard was mumbling:

Isaac Hayes (1942-2008) was a Grammy and Oscar winner who was one of the leading figures in soul and R&B music.  Aside from his award winning music for the film Shaft, he is known as the co-writer of the song “Soul Man,” a hit for R&B artists Sam & Dave:

If today is your birthday, congratulations on sharing your big day with these notable names.  Birthday wishes to everyone celebrating a big day today.  Come back tomorrow for more celebrity birthdays.


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  1. Spider-man and Lois Lane share a birthday. Eventually, super hero movies will hit critical mass and every well-known actor will be associated with a super hero movie role. It’s a shame Sony botched their Spider-man reboot. I thought Garfield had the makings of a good Spider-man. But Amazing Spider-man 2 was just indefensible. I also wish WB knew how to make Superman movies. Amy Adams as Lois Lane has been the best thing about Snyder’s two efforts and he has no idea what to do with her (or any of the other characters for that matter).

    I will admit, I thought Three Kings was a bit overrated. But other than that, I have enjoyed most of David O. Russell’s work. Amy Adams starred in American Hustle which I liked more than most. Joan Allen is always a welcome presence even in movies that may not deserve her performance.

    And we also have the voices of Fred Flintstone and the Chef from South Park. I’m just talkin’ bout Chef (Shut yo mouth!).


    • Spider-man and Lois Lane share a birthday. Eventually, super hero movies will hit critical mass and every well-known actor will be associated with a super hero movie role.

      Indeed, just in the past couple of weeks we’ve also had Mystique, the current Batman (who also once played an actor who played Superman), the original Catwoman, another Catwoman, Thor, two different Hulks, Enchantress and Amanda Waller from Suicide Squad, General Zod, Lionel Luthor, the original Captain Marvel from the 1940s serial, a stuntwoman who has been in several superhero films, and the screenwriter for Iron Man 2.


    • The Problem Margot Kidder Has With Lois Lane In The New Superman Movies

      If anyone asked you to name the most difficult role to write in the Superman canon, you’d more than likely respond Lois Lane, as opposed to any other role in the series. The balance between having the intrepid reporter act as a comparatively helpless love interest, as well as an independent and brave career woman, is a hard one to strike. Yet when it comes to the material being written for Amy Adams’ portrayal in the DC Cinematic Universe, no one is more critical than Margot Kidder herself. Kidder too some time to speak with the good folks at HeyUGuys, and during their conversation the topic of the modern Lois Lane came up quite organically. And it’s a good thing too, because the actor’s words


  2. andrew garfeild does not posses peter parker akwardness he seems too cool to be a nerd. Tobey at least was close to how peter was in comics. Plus tobey have the right features for peter parker. Andrew garfield is way too good looking to be peter


    • A look at some of Sony’s original Spider-man movie universe

      Some highlights:

      -Gwen resurrected by Peter’s blood somehow

      -A Sinister Six movie where the villain is Carnage, who has NOTHING to do with Venom somehow.

      -The Jessica Drew Spider-Woman being an alternate universe version of Gwen somehow.

      -A Venom movie that had nothing to do with Spider-man somehow.

      -Spidey getting the symbiote suit but being able to get rid of it because he’s told it looks stupid on him somehow.


      • What Would be the Best Spider-Man Movie? An Editorial by Avery Hinks.

        Since 2002, Spider-Man has been one of the most popular superheroes that there is. Sam Raimi’s original trilogy did extremely well at the box office, and was 2 thirds great!

        And now Sony has rebooted it, hoping to start a Spider-Man Cinematic Universe, similar to what Marvel has been doing so well with The Avengers.

        It seems they are building towards a Sinister Six story arch, which is fine. There’s a Sinister Six movie slated for 2016, as well as Black Cat movie and a Venom/Carnage movie in 2017. However, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 seemed to be forcing it a little bit…or A LOT, and it’s one of the things that made the movie not so great at times.

        But, my thoughts on The Amazing Spider-Man 2 aside, I’m going to address what I think Sony should be doing with their Spider-Man Cinematic Universe.

        Some of the most interesting stories in the Spider-Man comics, cartoons, and video games, are the ones that include alternate dimensions.

        Most of these stories entail Peter Parker/Spider-Man going from alternate universe to alternate universe trying to stop a villain who is planning on destroying all concepts of reality. Some of these villains include Green Goblin, Venom,

        Anti-Venom…you get the idea.

        But to me, the best parts of his alternate-dimension travel, is him meeting alternate versions of Spider-Man. Which brings me to my first suggestion.

        The Andrew Garfield version of Spider-Man could travel to the universe with the Tobey Maguire Spider-Man. The Tobey Maguire Spider-Man, at this point, would be a much more experienced and older Spider-Man than the Andrew Garfield version. He could train the Andrew Garfield version, and help him be prepared to fight villains he hasn’t faced yet, such as Venom or Sandman.

        It would be like R’as Al Ghul training Batman, just a little different.

        Also, it would be really cool to see the Andrew Garfield Spider-Man meet characters in the Tobey Maguire universe that have died, or gone crazy in the Andrew Garfield universe. For example: Dr. Curt Conners.

        In the Tobey Maguire universe, Dr. Conners has not become The Lizard yet, so it would be cool to see that sort of interaction.

        But even more importantly, Gwen Stacey is still alive in the Tobey Maguire universe. Imagine Andrew Garfield Spider-Man’s reaction to seeing Gwen alive again. Granted she’s a bit older, but still, that would be an amazing plot element. It would then be hard to convince Andrew Garfield Spider-Man to go back to his own universe, or even finish saving it in general.

        And imagine Tobey Maguire Spider-Man’s reaction when Andrew Garfield Spider-Man tells him that Harry Osborne killed Gwen Stacey back in his universe. There are just so many deep conversations to be had between these two characters.

        Another universe Andrew Garfield Spider-Man could travel to is the one containing the Spider-Man aliased as Miles Morales.

        It would be interesting to see Peter Parker’s reaction to someone else beside himself being Spider-Man. This Miles Morales Spider-Man could travel across dimensions with Peter Parker and help him stop this villain from destroying the universe. Miles Morales is a character that could definitely bring a lot to the development of the story.

        And if they cast Donald Glover as Miles Morales, that would be even better.

        These two Spider-Men could also travel to the 2099 universe, containing a futuristic version of Spider-Man.

        There are of course other dimensions he could travel too, but I won’t go into them right now, because there are way too many.

        And Andrew Garfield could face other villains along the way too. Maybe when he goes to the Tobey Maguire universe, he could help Tobey Maguire take down The Vulture or something.

        And then he could fight another side-villain in the Miles Morales universe as well.
        There are just so many different possibilities to be had in a movie like this.

        Then the final showdown would have these Spider-Men defeating Anti-Venom just in the nick of time, and Andrew Garfield Spider-Man would save the universe(s).
        Maybe not exactly like that, but something similar to that.

        Also, it would be great to have less romance in this movie, other than Andrew Garfield with the alternate universe version of Gwen Stacey, because that is absolutely needed.

        I think this could be a great crossover movie.


    • The Reason Andrew Garfield Is Happy The Amazing Spider-Man 3 Didn’t Happen

      When Andrew Garfield was originally cast as Peter Parker in Sony’s The Amazing Spider-Man, he made it very clear just how important the character was to him. Because of this you probably assumed that the decision not to make The Amazing Spider-Man 3 and halt the franchise at just two films left Garfield devastated. However, the English actor has insisted that couldn’t be further from the truth, because it freed up the time to allow him to work with two supremely talented directors in the shape of Mel Gibson and Martin Scorsese. Andrew Garfield made this revelation to Fandango, confessing that if he’d still been under contract with Sony to work on The Amazing Spider-Man 3 he wouldn’t have had


  3. Yeah, I remember David O. Russell from all the way back to “Spanking The Monkey” (a girlfriend said we should rent it because it had to be seen to be believed, but she went all “The crying Game” on me and spoiled the film’s main hook, and this was before the term “spoilers” because a term). “Three Kings” didn’t floor me, but he’s really been on fire this decade for sure.
    One of Joan Allen’s first roles was in 1986’s “Manhunter”, a film I really like a lot (my favorite of the whole Red Dragon-Hannibal Lecktor/Lecter film adaptations. I thought she was good as the blind woman. She’s had a really fine career since.
    I used to have this poster of Isaac Hayes on my wall 20 years ago that only showed his features up to his nose (he was wearing sunglasses). I got three more of those posters, put them all together, and it looked like some kind of odd creature. Thank you, Home of the Hits, for the free posters!


  4. Affleck only actor that can say he wore a superman and batman suit on screen. I thought his portray of geroge reeves best of his career. This is coming from a ben hater . Of course his career had a lot parelles to reeves career .It probably was not huge stretch.


    • I don’t know about the careers of George Reeves & Ben Affleck exactly being parallel; although Affleck was going through his lowest ebb when “Hollywoodland” was released, he was once a big Movie Star, while George Reeves was known (and haunted by) the one big role on the small screen. However, I feel Affleck was a good choice for the role, especially since he was already dealing with the ups & down of the Hollywood industry.


      • Not only has Affleck had a much more successful acting career than George Reeves, he is a successful director who has directed a Best Picture winner.


  5. Beside affleck having a bigger career they went through same things. Affleck was embarrassed by his superhero role in daredevil. Both had alcohol problems career struggles. Ben was at low point when he did hollywoodland reeves while never became big star did have success in superman and his career died when show ended. Both where heartthrobs that wanted to be taken seriously as actors. Reeves even at one point wanted to be a director too. Both womanizers. Ben was the more successful version of George. People compare keaton birdman character to himself but beside playing superhero there are not a lot of similairtes. Keaton did not care about being in the limelight unlike his character. Plus riggan character was not working for years before directing the play keaotn although for a while he was making a lot of low profile films he was always working,. Keaotn was never fame hungry.


    • Yeah, Michael Keaton struck me as a performer who did projects specifically because he wanted to. I can understand how fame can be seductive, though.
      George Reeves is a real big mystery in some ways (“Unsolved Mysteries” offered the same theories on him that “Hollywoodland” did). He was in debt, involved in a love triangle (Toni Mannix, played by Diane Lane:-) in the film, seemed to care for him, but it likely made Reeves feel like a piece of meat & under her thumb, while his other girlfriend, Leonore Lemmon, played by Robin Tunney in the film, seemed like someone who spent money by the bags & pestered Reeves to be a gracious and “on” party host). I’d lean towards suicide for Reeves, but i really just can’t say for sure.


      • It likely in part, explains why Keaton left the Batman series after just two movies (you can argue that his departure from the Batman series following “Returns” was the beginning of Keaton’s pre-“Birdman” career decline from the A-list) at the same time that Warner Bros. wanted to sack his buddy Tim Burton.


  6. From what i heard tonni and her husband had open relathsisp they knew and was ok with eachother affairs. tONNIs husband was upset reeves hurt his wife by ending the affair which is why people thought he was involved in his murder.


    • Yeah, I heard Eddie Mannix was upset because Toni was so devastated with losing Reeves, but I don’t think he had him whacked. If anything other than suicide happened, I think Leonore Lemmon may have accidentally shot Reeves after a fight; from what I understand those two really had heated arguments, and Lemmon by some accounts was a ballsy brawler & overall spitfire.


  7. I heard people say lemmon left to a motel after her and reeves fought day before his death so it could not have been her. Mike keaton does not like to work much.In abusiness that pays well where one could afford tonot work much why not take advantage of it. He enjoy having hobbies. if i where him i would not work much either


  8. I did not hear she reported reeve body i heard it was neigbour I know in his will all his money was donated to toni mannaz maybe that shows they did have tension before his death


    • The way i understand it is that Lemmon & a few remaining guests were in the house (which was of course pretty huge) when shots rang out. But if the scene was staged…who knows?
      Yeah, I heard Lemmon wanted Reeves to marry her, and he didn’t want to, plus with Reeves’ lack of work at the time & Lemmon’s flashy spending habits things were tense between them.


  9. Yes reeves was not getting much work after superman ended minus a bit part in from here to eternity Had reeves been a live today he would been bigger today given back then it was harder for actor to translate from tv to movies and superhero genre was not nearly as popular back then. Plus lets not forget acting in tv was considered a low medium for actors. Now its not considered a step back from acting. . I could see reeves maybe being a big movie star had he been born in different era.


    • Yeah, back then there was a large distinction between television and film work.; today Reeves could go back & forth with probably little issue (heck, maybe he doesn’t even take the Superman role?).
      For example, back in that era I read that Burt Lancaster suggested to his friend Shirley Booth not to take the role of the lead in television series “Hazel”, because that was the thinking back then (and for a long time, up until recent history really), that television was a step down.


  10. With the surge of netflix tv is almost as big as market as movies. Look at kevin spacey his career is hot now thanks to house of cards which before that film his film career dried up for most part after american beauty. Had reeves been born in a differant era i could picture superman role leading to more juicy draamtic roles. Hugh jackman is best known for wolverine and he has managed to find success outside that francise even got oscar nom . From what i heard reeves wanted to settle down with toni mannox but she did not want to leave her husband and he could not take mroe of this open relationships


    • I feel whatever went on between Eddie & Toni Mannix was pretty interesting, with Toni being Eddie’s mistress for years, then having an open relationship (seemed like it was ALWAYS open from the beginning anyway).
      I still believe Reeves didn’t care much for the fact that Tonipaid for things like his house and such, and I don’t really believe Reeves had any intention of marrying Toni either.


  11. Ironically reeves did not like toni paying for things but kept begging her to get him better roles with her clout. I sense toni did not like the arrange her and eddie had but only agreed to it cause he was rich. Despite what the movie portrayed reeves did have feeling for toni and did not like having this open affair


    • Oh, I’m sure Reeves had feelings for Toni Mannix, and the overall arrangement likely made him feel like he was some kind of toy, so it is possible that Reeves left Toni because he was fed up with the setup. Who knows, if Reeves lived maybe he eventually goes back to Toni, but he was dead five months after the breakup.
      I’ll never be completely sure about all the facts of the George Reeves case, but when it comes to the film I think the big meat to it was setting up the certain death scenarios for Reeves more than producing a biographical study; I think it gave just enough in that regard for people who didn’t view the “Unsolved mysteries” segment or gather info from other sources to understand what was being portrayed though.


  12. they wanted to some things for viewers to interrupted what they think would have happen. They did not go as in deep with the odd love traingle between toni eddie and geroge because they wanted to focus more on his career troubles. I do not think had he lived he would have gone back to that arrangement reeves seemed to really want a serious reltahsisp and toni could not provide it.


  13. He seemed quickly smitten lemmon maybe he did want serious one,


  14. Lemmon was a struggling actress who i get the feeling got involved with george cause she thought it would further her own career and figured he was loaded. It did not seem like she ever truly loved reeves. She would always spend faster then his next pay check e came. from what i gather he was in financial strains after superman ended. the jobs stopped coming he was typecast


    • Yeah, it seems to me that not only was Lemmon a hothead, but a serious player as well. I bet she burned quite a few bridges in her lifetime.


  15. Some say her anger is why her career never took off. Plus i heard slept her way to landing some commercial parts she got .Poor reeves never found a girl that truly loved him. Being associated with reeves is probably the most publicity she got in her lifetime.


    • Yeah, she was more a socialite than a performer. Who knows about the sleeping around deal; those rumors are easy to manufacture, difficult to dispel. I don’t know if anyone ended up happy in this situation: Reeves was dead, Mannix was sedated for a time and lived in isolation afterward, and Lemmon went back to New York City, worse off than when she initially left there. Only Eddie Mannix, who was at the end of his life, was spared.


  16. Eddie mannix did not seem to care that reeves was sleeping with his wife so of course he got speared. He was not emotionally connected to reeves. Interesting enough before being executive of the studio mannix was a dubbed fixer. basically similar to pr getting actors out ot tight situations in their personal life that affect their movie career. He got clark gable out of his dui. Rumours surfuced that he had connections to mafia which made people assume he had geroge killed for ending his affair with his wife.


  17. He went from a security guard r to mgm to fixer then to executive.


  18. A lot of business work like that . people start from bottom work there way up


  19. reeves always wanted eddie mannox to use his clout to get reeves better roles. but toni never did it


    • In the film, it’s portrayed as Reeves believing Toni didn’t help his career much in that way because she wanted to keep him on a string. It doesn’t seem like it would have been charity, since Reeves was a trained actor, but he was already stereotyped by then.


  20. Amy Adams always seems to be is a really sweet woman. She comes across as very genuine and goes out of her way to be personable. I also respect that Unlike a lot of top actresses in this industry, she really had to grind. She didn’t start actively working until she was like 30 I think.


  21. Amy Adams Says Dying Her Hair Red Changed EVERYTHING

    Amy Adams explained how changing her hair color affected her career during a New York Times-hosted TimesTalks event on Wednesday.

    “Based on roles that I was getting, called in for, people were responding to certain types of characters with me as a blonde and the minute I went red, it was quirky and fun instead of flirtatious and dumb,” the 42-year-old actress revealed to the audience at New York City’s Merkin Concert Hall.

    The two-time Golden Globe winner went from blonde to a red-head for the short-lived 2004 TV drama, Dr. Vegas, starring Rob Lowe.

    “It was great, I liked that. But in all seriousness, it’s just hair color,” Adams pointed out. “It was really fascinating to see just one element of yourself change people’s perception and that became a very powerful tool for me even in my acting.”

    “If you can change one very small thing and create an entirely different perception to the outside world based on one thing, and that was actually an important lesson for me to learn, I didn’t quite get that before then,” she continued.


    • I forgot that early in her career Amy Adams was in the “Cruel Intentions” sequel (just terrible, but probably not as bad as the “American Psycho” sequel) and 2000’s”Psycho Beach Party” (which I actually liked).


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