October 8: Happy Birthday Bella Thorne and David Yates


Today is Bella Thorne’s 20th birthday.  She made her first screen appearance in the film Stuck on You at the age of six, and began acting regularly when she was about ten.  After a recurring role on Dirty Sexy Money, she was cast in her first regular role in 2008, on NBC’s My Own Worst Enemy.  When that series was canceled during its first season, she appeared on the web series Little Monk, and then took over the role of Teenie Henrickson on season 4 of HBO’s Big Love.  In 2010, Disney cast her in the lead role of CeCe Jones (with recent headliner Zendaya as her costar) on Shake It Up.

Thorne has worked in feature films alongside her television career since 2007.  Recently she has begun appearing in major roles in teen-oriented films such as The DUFF and the thriller You Got Me.  She will star in a remake of the Japanese film Midnight Sun, and in the horror film Amityville: The Awakening, and be part of what appears to be an ensemble cast in The Death and Life of John F. Donovan.  She also has made a recent return to a regular role on series television, starring as Paige Townsen on Freeform’s Famous in Love.

Director David Yates is turning 55 today.  He made his first film, a short titled When I Was a Girl, shortly after graduating from the University of Essex.  He made some additional short films in the early 1990s, and then began working regularly in British television for over a decade.  He began to get a lot of positive notice when he directed the 2003 BBC miniseries State of Play, which won several BAFTA Television Awards, and brought Yates an award from the Director’s Guild of Great Britain.  He then made the television movies Sex Traffic and The Girl in the Café; the latter won multiple Emmys including Best Made for Television Movie.

Yates made his feature directing debut in 1998 with The Tichborne Claimant.  More recently, he directed the first live-action Tarzan film in nearly two decades, The Legend of Tarzan.  However, the core of his feature directing career has been his involvement with the Potterverse.  He was chosen to direct Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix in 2005, and has remained with the franchise ever since, directing three additional Harry Potter films, followed by last year’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Actor and comedian Nick Cannon turns 37.  He has starred in films such as Love Don’t Cost a Thing, Underclassman, and The Killing Room.  He was the creator, writer and star of the sketch comedy series Wild ‘n Out, and hosted America’s Got Talent for eight seasons, one of a lengthy list of his hosting roles.

Actress and model Kristanna Loken, who is 38, is known for film roles such as the T-X in Terminator 3 and Rayne in BloodRayneMartin Henderson, who starred in the American version of The Ring and is currently a regular on Grey’s Anatomy, is tuning 43.  English actor Ian Hart, who is 53, has a long resume including appearing as Professor Quirinus Quirrell in the first Harry Potter film and a regular role in the BBC/Netflix series The Last KingdomDylan Neal, who turns 48, has had a long list of television roles, including regular ones on Blood Ties and Hallmark’s Cedar CoveAngus T. Jones turns 24 today; he played Jake Harper on Two and a Half Men.

Julien Duvivier (1896-1967) was a French director who began a career of nearly fifty years in 1919.  He is famous for the crime film/romance Pépé le Moko, which made Jean Gain an international star.  He also spent several years in the US, mostly during World War 2, during which time he made about a half dozen movies, including the anthology films Tales of Manhattan and Flesh and Fantasy.

Our headliners on October 8 of last year were Sigourney Weaver and Matt Damon.

Sigourney Weaver is turning 68.  She made a cameo in last year’s Ghostbusters, and has appeared in the films A Monster Calls, The Assignment, and as herself in The Meyerowitz Stories.  She also appeared in the web miniseries The Defenders, and has been cast in Avatar 2 and 3 in an unspecified role.  Matt Damon celebrates his 47th.  He has returned recently to both of his famous “franchise” roles, starring in last summer’s Jason Bourne, and returning to the role of Linus Caldwell in the upcoming Ocean’s Eight.  He starred earlier this year in Zhang Yimou’s The Great Wall, and is in two upcoming releases which screened at Venice earlier this year, Downsizing and Suburbicon.

Chevy Chase, today’s WTHH birthday, turns 74; his latest film is Dog Years, which screened at Tribeca this year.  R. L. Stine, aka “the Stephen King of children’s literature,” is still turning out multiple books per year as he also turns 74.  Edward Zwick, who is 65 today, directed last fall’s Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, and became one of the producers of Nashville starting with season 5 earlier this year.  Gospel singer CeCe Winans, who is 53, released her first album in seven years, Let Them Fall in Love, earlier this year.  R&B/soul performer Bruno Mars celebrates his 32nd; his third studio album, 24K Magic, was released last November.  Jeremy Davies, who was a regular on season 4 of Sleepy Hollow, turns 48.  Anne-Marie Duff is turning 47.  She is voicing Hyzenthlay in an upcoming animated miniseries adaptation of Richard Adams’ Watership Down.  She has also starred in two West End productions of new plays this year, DC Moore’s Common and Marianne Elliott’s Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle.

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. So, today’s headliners are not quite as big a pair of names as the A-listers (former or present) we had last year, but they are both fairly recognizable, I think—at least for people in certain demographics. I am familiar with Bella Thorne primarily just as a name, but I’m sure that younger audiences would know her well. I very much enjoyed David Yates’s The Girl in the Café, with Bill Nighy and Kelly Macdonald (it was my first introduction to Macdonald). I also found Fantastic Beasts to be quite entertaining.

    Meanwhile, Matt Damon is still a fairly major leading man, and Sigourney Weaver continues to get roles in pretty high-profile films.


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