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July 6: Happy Birthday Geoffrey Rush and Janet Leigh


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Geoffrey Rush is turning 66 today.  A winner of the unofficial Triple Crown of Acting, he began his acting career with the Queensland Theatre Company in Brisbane, Australia, in the early 1970s.  For over twenty years he appears to have worked primarily in Australian theater; details are a bit hard to come by although.  He appeared in a 1979 production of Waiting for Godot, where one of his costars was a young actor named Mel Gibson.  Rush has continued to work periodically on stage throughout his career, winning a Tony for Best Actor in a Play for a 2009 revival of Eugene Ionesco’s Exit the King.

Rush made a few appearances in Australian film and television beginning in the late seventies, but no one could have expected the outcome when he was cast as the Australian pianist David Helfgott in the biopic Shine (Rush played Helfgott as an adult, while the younger Helfgott was played by Alex Rafalowicz and Noah Taylor).  Rush won the Oscar for Best Actor and swept the other main Best Actor honors.

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Starlog Archives: Casino Royale


It’s hard to believe but it has been a full decade since Daniel Craig debuted as James Bond.  At the time, Craig’s casting was controversial due to his blond hair.  It seems silly now, but fans dismissed Craig as “James Blond” prior to the release of Casino Royale.  In December of 2006, the 007 reboot got Starlog’s cover story treatment.  As we come to the end of Craig’s tenure as Bond, here’s a look back at where it began.

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A-List: Eva Green


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“I think this [Showtime’s Penny Dreadful] and Sin City 2 have officially ended Eva Green’s time on the ‘It’ list.”

The quote above comes from a commenter on the Lebeau’s Le Blog FB Page.  (If you haven’t already done so, like us already!)  The comment sparked a bit of debate between myself and the commenter.  Even after the conversation had concluded, I was thinking about Green and her status in Hollywood.  I don’t think anyone would argue that Green is currently on the A-list.  But she certainly has the potential to be.  Following her turn as a Bond girl in the 2006 hit, Casino Royale, her name was on everyone’s lips.  But in the eight years that followed, Green has yet to become a star.

I could almost ask, “What the hell happened?”  But I think it’s still too early to write off Green’s chances of A-list stardom.  Because even though she has starred in two disappointing movies this year, I actually think Green is having a very good 2014 career-wise.

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