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April 21: Happy Birthday James McAvoy and Patti LuPone


James McAvoy is turning 38 today.  He began acting in the late nineties and has had a distinguished career in film (mixed with some television) and on the British stage.  One of his early stage roles was as Romeo in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet; he has since had the “Romeo” part in two films adapted (more or less) from that play, the 2003 film Bollywood Queen and the 2009 animated feature Gnomeo and Juliet.  He emerged as a major star in the mid-2000s with lead roles in The Last King of Scotland, Atonement, and Wanted.

In 2011 he made the first of three appearances in the film role he is probably best known for, Charles Xavier in X-Men: First Class and two sequels:

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Movieline Cover Gallery 1996

Starlog Archives: Multiplicity

Effects-driven comedies are hard to pull off.  Few know this better than Harold Ramis.  Ramis is best known for having played Egon in the original Ghostbusters which he also cowrote.  But he also directed Chevy Chase in Vacation, Bill Murray in Groundhog Day and both of them in Caddyshack.  Multiplicity, which starred Michael Keaton playing a regular guy who clones himself, seemed like the kind of high profile comedy that could repeat the success of some of Ramis’ earlier movies.  But it just never caught on.  In the August 1996 issue of Starlog, Ramis discussed his latest movie.

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The Flint Beneath the Shimmer

macdowell - multiplicity

Andie MacDowell survived a lot before she became an actress.  When she made the transition from a career as a model, the result was a very public embarrassment that would have sent a weaker woman running back home.  Instead, MacDowell persevered.  Her persistence eventually paid off as she became one of Hollywood’s go-to actresses in the mid-nineties.  In the July 1996 issue of Movieline magazine, Stephen Rebello found surprising depths beneath the actresses magazine-cover good looks.

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