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August 18: Happy Birthday Christian Slater and Robert Redford


Last year on this date, we had the first case during the birthday series of three WTHH subjects with birthdays.  I went with two of them as the headliners then, so today we’ll pick up the other fellow, along with another film actor who people may just have a tiny awareness of.

Christian Slater is turning 48 today.  There is a very detailed review of most of his career in his WTHH article, so I will just hit a few high points.  He made his acting debut as a child, on television on One Life to Live and on Broadway as Winthrop Paroo in The Music Man.  Highlights of his film career have included starring roles in Heathers, True Romance, and Broken Arrow, along with major supporting roles in The Name of the Rose, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, and Interview with the Vampire.  As that WTHH article outlines, his star faded after the mid-nineties, but of late he’s been making a comeback as the title character (but not the lead) on Mr. Robot, which has brought him his first major acting award, a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Limited Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television.

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August 18: Happy Birthday Madeleine Stowe and Edward Norton


We have three WTHH subjects with birthdays today, which requires a bit of thinking about who to put in the headline–decisions, decisions.

Madeleine Stowe began acting while a student at USC in the late 1970s, appearing in various TV movie and guest-starring roles.  In a bit of irony, one of her roles was in a TV movie adaptation of James Fenimore Cooper’s The Deerslayer.  Her feature film breakthrough came in the 1987 thriller Stakeout (she was the one being staked out).  A few years later, she got what was almost certainly the best film role of her career, Cora Munro in Michael Mann’s adaptation of another Fenimore Cooper novel, The Last of the Mohicans, where she and leading man Daniel Day Lewis had some pretty explosive chemistry:

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Edward Norton Gallery

Le Show: Best Supporting Actor

Best Supporting Actor

Daffy and I are back with new episodes of our podcast, Le Show.  As we did last year, we’re tackling the Academy Awards.  Rather than ramble on for an hour about all the major categories, we decided to split things up.  So instead of one long show, we’ll be putting out several shorter installments.  In the second episode, we run through the five Best Supporting Actor nominees, who we think will win and who we think should win.

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The A-List: Don’t Call It a Comeback

Dumb and Dumber To

This past weekend, Dumb and Dumber To exceeded even the most optimistic box office projections.  Critics were unkind to the sequel, but audiences who have been waiting twenty years for more Dumb and Dumber didn’t care.  Now there’s talk of a Dumb and Dumber trilogy!

The box office success of Dumb and Dumber To has some people talking about a comeback for Jim Carrey.  Carrey’s movie career has cooled over the last decade or so.  His last unqualified box office hit was arguably Bruce Almighty in 2003.  When a Dumb and Dumber sequel was announced, it seemed to some (myself included) like a desperation move.  But now, it seems like a “hail mary pass” that connected.

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What the Hell Happened to Edward Norton?

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Edward Norton

Edward Norton has been nominated for three Academy Awards; once for Best Actor and twice for Best Supporting Actor.  He won the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor in his first movie.  In addition to acting, he has written, directed and produced movies.  He even has a few song-writing credits to his name.  Norton has worked with Miloš Forman, Woody Allen, David Fincher, Ridley Scott and Wes Anderson.  He was even the Incredible Hulk.  But ever since 2008, Norton is rarely seen or heard from and almost never as a leading man.

What the hell happened?

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