Weekly Recap: ‘Twas The Week Before Christmas
Happy holidays, everyone! Whatever you celebrate at this time of year, I hope you are enjoying some time with family and friends. I also hope you can squeeze in a little time to visit us here at Le Blog of course. Things get busy this time of year, so some of you may have missed an article or two. Just in case you were too busy shopping for the perfect present, here is your weekly recap to help you catch up.
Attentive readers may have noticed I missed last week’s recap. I went into the season with some pretty ambitious ideas for the site tying into the release of The Last Jedi and the holidays. But like I said, it’s a busy time of year and unfortunately blogging got pushed to the side for a bit. Thankfully, Jestak and Kevthewriter have been supplying enough content that I doubt my absence was noticed. Since I missed last Sunday, this will be a double-sized Christmas Eve recap. Let’s see what Santa left in the blog’s stocking.
We’ll start off with a look at the last two weeks in celebrity birthdays. Here is a day-by-day breakdown of the last couple of weeks worth of Jestak’s articles:
- December 10 & 11: Alicia von Rittberg, Dilap Kumar, Douglas Kenney, Fionnula Flanagan, Hailee Steinfeld, Jean-Louis Tritignant, Kenneth Branagh, Rita Moreno, Teri Garr, Victor McLaglen
- December 12: Bill Nighy, Connie Francis, Edward G Robinson, Harry Warner, Jennifer Connelly, Lucas Hedges, Mayim Bialik, Regina Hall
- December 13: Amy Lee, Christopher Plummer, Dick Van Dyke, Jamie Foxx, Lynn-Holly Johnson, Robert Lindsay, Taylor Swift
- December 14 & 15: Charlie Cox, Jane Birkin, Maxwell Anderson, Michelle Dockery, Rachel Brosnahan, Ralph Ineson, Tim Conway, Vanessa Hudgens
- December 16: Benny Andersson, James Mangold, Krysten Ritter, Ludwig van Beethoven, Miranda Otto, Shane Black, Theo James
- December 17: Claire Forlani, Eugene Levy, Giovanni Ribisi, Milla Jovovich, Nat Wolff, Rian Johnson, Sarah Paulson, Wes Studi
- December 18: Brad Pitt, Christina Aguilera, Cicely Tyson, Katie Holmes, Keith Richards, Ossie Davis, Sia Furla, Steven Spielberg
- December 19 & 20: Dick Wolf, Irene Dunne, Jake Gyllenhaal, Joe Cornish, Jonah Hill, Marla Sokoloff, Ramon Rodriguez, Ronan Farrow, Tommy Sands
- December 21: Jane Fonda, Julie Delpy, Kaitlyn Dever, Kiefer Sutherland, Ray Romano, Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Sturridge
- December 22: Chris Carmack, Gregor Fisher, Maurice Gibb, Meghan Trainor, Poorna Jagannathan, Ralph Fiennes, Robin Gibb, Ruth Roman, Vanessa Paradis
- December 23 & 24: Alison Sudol, Anil Kapoor, Eddie Vedder, Gavin O’Connor, Louis Tomlinson, Michael Curtiz, Nicholas Meyer, Noel Wells, Ricky Martin, Sofia Black-D’Elia
That’s a lot of birthdays to take in all at once. This group includes two of only twenty-three actors in history to pull off the Triple Crown of Acting! We’ve also got several Oscar, Grammy, Tony and Emmy winners. One of those Oscar winners is a former girlfriend of the Hulk. Another stepped in for a disgraced actor at the last minute recently. We’ve got a chimney sweep, the only In Living Color cast-member to win Best Actor and T-Swizzle. Our Marvel actors include Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Nick Fury. We also have the director of two Wolverine movies and one of Batman’s exes.
There’s Dorf, a graduate of East High, an ice-skater turned Bond girl, a noblewoman of Rohan, Ludwig van, a Rolling Stone, the star of the Resident Evil movies, the dad from American Pie, more than one “Silence Breaker”, Barbarella, Lord Voldemort, two-thirds of the Bee Gees and half of Brangelina. I’m still skipping over some big names, so be sure to check out Jestak’s articles for all the details.
Kevthewriter took on some wintery topics. First, he reviewed the surprise success and subsequent failure of the Happy Feet movies. Then he watched Bad Santa 2 on Netflix which he deemed unnecessary but watchable.
We had quite a few Movieline articles over the last two weeks. The magazine had a tendency to print double-sized issues for December and January. That works out pretty well for what I am doing here since the month of January is usually taken up by bracket games here at the site. As a result, I had a lot of material from the archives to use this month. We started off with a cover story on X-Files star Gillian Anderson from the December 1997 issue of the magazine. At the time, the actress was planning her exit from the show. Today, she is returning to the role of Agent Scully in another TV reboot.
The 1997 issue also included an interview with director James Cameron just before the release of Titanic. At the time, conventional wisdom around Hollywood was that Cameron had gone overboard and the movie would never earn back what he spent on it. No one could have anticipated its record-breaking success or critical acclaim.
Going back five years, the 1992 issue included a profile on Kevin Bacon as he was returning to mainstream movies in supporting roles like A Few Good Men. There was also an interview with an eager young writer most of us had not yet heard of. His name was J. J. Abrams? Today, Abrams is a big time director, but twenty-five years ago he was an upstart with an unimpressive filmography. And columnist Joe Queenan spent a day living like his scuzzy screen idol, Mickey Rourke.
We also had a couple of articles from the December 2002 issue of Movieline. First, there was a profile on actor Jeff Daniels who discussed how he maintained his movie career from outside of Hollywood. And Ray Liotta discussed the ups and downs of his career. At the time, he was taking matters into his own hands by producing the crime drama, Narc.
Next week: It’s the final recap of 2017! Let’s hope we can end the year on a high note. Thanks to all the readers and contributors. Happy holidays, everyone!