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November 12: Happy Birthday Ryan Gosling and Neil Young


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Two-time Oscar nominee Ryan Gosling is celebrating his 37th birthday today.  The Canadian actor made his screen debut in the early 1990s revival of The Mickey Mouse Club and then worked in Canadian television as a teenager, starring on Breaker High and then on Young Hercules.  He made his first notable film appearance in Remember the Titans in 2000, and in the next few years began to build a solid filmography, with major roles in Murder By Numbers, The United States of Leland, and The Notebook, a romantic drama with Rachel McAdams which was his first major financial success.

Gosling received his first nomination for Best Actor for the 2006 indie film Half Nelson, and his first Golden Globe nomination a year later for Lars and the Real Girl.  He then took a sabbatical from film work, pursuing a music career as part of the indie rock band Dead Man’s Bones.  He returned to film with several starring roles in 2010 and 2011, including the romantic comedy Crazy Stupid Love, his first pairing with Emma Stone, and the contemporary noir thriller Drive.

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November 12: Happy Birthday Anne Hathaway and Grace Kelly


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Of our two headliners today, one first became well-known by playing a girl who learns she is a princess.  The other became a princess.

Anne Hathaway celebrates her 34th birthday today.  Her career started with a bang—after appearing in a short-lived Fox series, Get Real, she was cast as Mia Thermopolis in The Princess Diaries.  The success of that film has meant that she has never really wanted for decent roles.  For a while she seemed typecast in family films, but by 2005-06 she was decisively moving into adult roles in films like Brokeback Mountain and The Devil Wears Prada.

Since then, Hathaway’s roles have included playing Jane Austen in the biopic/period piece Becoming Jane, Agent 99 in the film adaptation of Get Smart, a recovering drug user in Rachel Getting Married, and the White Queen in Alice in Wonderland.  2012 was a big year for Hathaway, as she played Selina Kyle in The Dark Knight Rises, one of the year’s blockbusters, and then swept most of the major Best Supporting Actress awards (including winning an Oscar) as Fantine in Les Misérables:

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