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February 10: Happy Birthday Chloe Moretz and Emma Roberts


Our two headliners have been photographed together on a few occasions, including the premiere of Hick, when the above photo was taken (with Roberts on the left, Moretz on the right).

Chloë Moretz is celebrating her 21st birthday today.  Her first screen appearance came shortly after her 7th birthday, in a guest appearance on The Guardian.  Over the next few years, she made several additional TV guest appearances, and also was the voice of Darby for the Disney Channel’s My Friends Tigger & Pooh.  She made her first feature film appearances in 2005, including one in the remake of The Amityville Horror.  In the next few years, she had several additional film roles, including a significant one in Lori Petty’s The Poker House (which starred a young Jennifer Lawrence), before landing her breakout role as Mindy McCready/Hit-Girl in Kick-Ass.

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February 10: Happy Birthday Laura Dern and Elizabeth Banks


Laura Dern is turning 50 today.  The daughter of Bruce Dern and Diane Ladd, she had small parts in a pair of her mother’s films in the seventies and her first significant role in the 1980 film Foxes.  In 1985 she co-starred in Mask and had her first lead role in Smooth Talk.  A year later, she worked with David Lynch for the first time in Blue Velvet.  She starred in Lynch’s Wild at Heart in 1990 and a year later, received her first Oscar nomination, for Best Actress, as the title character in Rambling Rose:

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Dead Wife Family Comedy Smackdown: The Descendants vs. We Bought a Zoo


Winter of 2011 saw the release of two comedy-dramas starring members of the cast of the Ocean’s Eleven films that dealt with a family coming to grips with the loss of a wife and mother.  Both films were written and directed by A-list talents after a relatively long sabbatical.  We Bought a Zoo and The Descendents were both released with great expectations, but at least one of them fell a little short.  With so much in common, which film comes out on top?

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