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March 7: Happy Birthday Donna Murphy and Bryan Cranston


Donna Murphy is celebrating her 59th birthday today.  She has had a variety of screen roles in her career.  She has been a regular on the short-lived series What About Joan? (on ABC) and Hack (on CBS), and more recently on PBS’s Mercy Street; she also won a Daytime Emmy for an episode of HBO’s Lifestories: Families in Crisis.  On the big screen, she is known for playing Anij, Captain Picard’s love interest, in Star Trek: Insurrection, and Rosalie Octavius in Spider-Man 2.  Many people have heard (if not seen) her as the voice of Mother Gothel in Tangled.

Murphy is, however, first and foremost a stage actress, primarily in musical theater.  She made her Broadway debut at just 20 in the original production of They’re Playing Our Song.  She is a five-time Tony nominee, with two wins for Best Lead Actress in a Musical—for the original production of Stephen Sondheim’s Passion, and as Anna Leonowens in the 1996 revival of The King and I.  Most recently she was Bette Midler’s alternate in the title role of the recent revival of Hello, Dolly!, while her other notable roles include Lotte Lenya in the original production of LoveMusik, and Ruth Sherwood in the 2003 revival of Wonderful Town.

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Readers Rank the X-Men Movies

The X-Men franchise, with its wiggly continuity, spin-offs, reboots and cross-overs, is an odd duck.  Perhaps that’s appropriate for a series of movies about mutants.  Over the last several years, the series has certainly mutated in some unexpected ways.  Seventeen years ago, who would have expected movies like Deadpool or Logan would ever get made?  With the latter representing Hugh Jackman’s final performance as Wolverine, Jeffthewildman marked the occasion by ranking all ten of the X-Men movies from Worst to First.  Of course we wanted to hear from you readers as well.  Let’s see how readers ranked the X-Men movies.

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Worst To First: Ranking The X-Men Movies

Hugh Jackman hung up his claws earlier this year with his final performance as Wolverine in Logan.  The ending of the Jackman-as-Wolvie era got me to thinking about the X-Men movies on the whole. How do they rank when you stack em all up together?

Here, as opposed to other series tackled in the Worst To First series, the overall quality is somewhat higher. When you add together the 10 X-Men movies , 6 are very good, two are passable and the other two are a toss-up as to which is worse. Here, we will sort out the good mutants from the bad and the ugly.  And of course, you will get to share your rankings as well.

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March 7: Happy Birthday Rachel Weisz and Matthew Vaughn


Oscar-winner Rachel Weisz celebrates her 47th birthday today.  She began working in British television in the early nineties, but didn’t really become well known until she starred in 1999’s The Mummy in the role of Evie Carnahan.  In the first half of the 2000s she starred in movies such as Enemy at the Gates, About a Boy, Runaway Jury, and others.  In 2005, she won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress as Tessa Quayle in The Constant Gardener:

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