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December 2: Happy Birthday Lucy Liu and Julie Harris


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Lucy Liu is turning 49 today.  She studied at Michigan and began working in film and television in the early 1990s.  She began getting larger film roles later in the decade, in films like City of Industry and Payback, and also landed two regular roles on television.  CBS’s Pearl was canceled after one season, but in 1998 she joined the regular cast of Ally McBeal as Ling Woo, for which she received an Emmy nomination.

Early in the 2000s, Liu appeared in what are probably her most famous film roles, as Alex Munday in the Charlie’s Angels films, and as the assassin O-Ren Ishii in Kill Bill.  She also was a kidnapped princess in Shanghai Noon and a perky and quirky romantic lead in Lucky Number Slevin.  These days, most of her feature film work is as a voice actor—she is the voice of Silvermist in the Disney Fairies series and Master Viper in the Kung Fu Panda franchise.  For the last five years, she has also been back on series television, as Joan Watson in Elementary, which will return for season 6 next year.

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December 2: Happy Birthday Britney Spears and Maria Callas


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Our headliners today have in common that they are both known for their singing.

Britney Spears is turning 35 today.  At the age of 11 she was selected to join the cast of The All-New Mickey Mouse Club; during her time on the show some of her cast mates included Christina Aguilera, Ryan Gosling, Keri Russell and Justin Timberlake.  After MMC was cancelled, Spears began auditioning for pop bands and circulating demo tapes; as a result, she was eventually signed to a deal with Jive Records, which released her first album and single in 1998.

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Golden Raspberry Awards: 2002


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The Golden Raspberries started off as an informal joke.  Something for a publicist and his friends to do after the Oscars had ended.  Over time, it has become and enduring and irreverent tradition.  In theory, The Razzies poke fun at the worst movies of the year.  But like any awards ceremony, the Razzies frequently make the wrong call.  We’re going back and looking at the history of the Golden Raspberry Awards one year at a time.

The twenty-third annual Razzies nominated the movies of 2002.   Spider-man and The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers were the highest-grossing movies that year.  Chicago won Best Picture while Roman Polanski took home Best Director for The Pianist and Adrien Brody was named Best Actor for the same film.  Meanwhile, the Razzies were loaded with pop stars young and old.

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Britney Spears’ live, isolated microphone feed. No Autotune


I’m not going to comment on this except to say she still sounds better than me.  Enjoy the video while it’s up.  I expect it will be taken down soon.

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