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September 13: Happy Birthday Frank Marshall and Claudette Colbert


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Producer Frank Marshall is turning 71 today.  He got his start in the film industry through Peter Bodgdanovich; he met the director at a party and wound up as Bogdanovich’s assistant on Targets.  He then worked with Bogdanovich on several subsequent films, taking on more responsibility each time until he was a credited producer on Nickelodeon.  Marshall then worked with Martin Scorsese on The Last Waltz and with Walter Hill on The Driver and The Warriors.  In 1981, he began his must durable association with a director, working on a film that became the first of five Best Picture nominees he would produce.

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September 13: Happy Birthday Tyler Perry and Jacqueline Bisset


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The multi-talented Tyler Perry, who celebrates his 47th birthday today (according to most sources; some say it’s tomorrow), was inspired to begin his career by an episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show on the therapeutic power of writing.  He ended up creating the musical I Know I’ve Been Changed, the first of several successful plays.  His second play, I Can Do Bad All By Myself, marks the first appearance of the character Madea—a tough-minded elderly black woman played by Perry himself—in his work; Perry adapted the play into a feature film in 2009.  The character of Madea, along with a couple of others such as her brother Joe (also played by Perry), appears repeatedly in Perry’s plays as well as the films and television shows he has created:

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Best Actor Oscars Bracket Game: Clark Gable vs James Stewart


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There have been some truly legendary and some sadly under appreciated performers to be named Best Actor at the yearly Oscars party. Which is which? With the 87th annual Academy Awards ceremony approaching later this month, we here at LeBlog thought we’d start up another of our popular bracket contests to throw a little attention at some of these great performances. There are only 16 available slots in these things, while there have been 86 Best Actor designees so far, leaving 70 acting greats on the outside looking in from the beginning. That’s some pretty brutal math. I tried to represent the entire history of the award by including at least two actors from each of the last eight decades and pairing those up in the first round. That will almost certainly result in some stunning early exits, but that’s how the cookie crumbles.
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