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September 9: Happy Birthday Adam Sandler and Cliff Robertson


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Today is Adam Sandler’s 51st birthday.  He is part of a very long list of film and television industry alumni of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, graduating in 1988.  He made his first TV guest appearances while still at NYU, and made his film debut in Going Overboard in 1989.  A year later, he was hired as a writer for Saturday Night Live, and he joined the show’s performing cast in 1991, remaining until 1995.

Sandler’s first real film success came in 1995, when he wrote and starred in Billy Madison.  A critical bust, the film nevertheless succeeded at the box office, making over $25 million domestically against a $10 million budget.  Happy Gilmore, a year later, was a similar story, following which Sandler had a very good 1998, starring with Drew Barrymore in The Wedding Singer, and writing, producing and starring in his biggest box office hit ever in inflation-adjusted terms, The Waterboy.

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Supporting Actress Oscar Nominees (89th Academy Awards)


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Oscar’s not so white this year, is he? In case you were wondering, that’s a good thing, culturally and business-wise. Also, we’ve got good performances from good movies. There are some familiar faces in this category this year and one which most of us might not know was already familiar. What we also have is the most hands-down favorite of the year. No other potential acting winner is as predictable as this one this Sunday night. A little issue that bit us in the butt last year is maybe rearing its ugly head again this time around, but maybe not to the same degree depending on where you come down on that particular performance. Let’s dive right in!
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September 9: Happy Birthday Michelle Williams and Hugh Grant


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Michelle Williams celebrates her 36th birthday today.  She began acting at about 13, and her first big role was as Jen Lindley on Dawson’s Creek.  She was one of the large cohort of young actors and actresses who first came to notice in the late 1990s in one or more of teen-oriented television series, high school romantic comedies, or hip horror films.  Along with Mila Kunis, Williams has had the most successful career of all of this crowd (although the late Heath Ledger was doing well at the time of his death).

There were hints, during her Dawson’s Creek years, that Williams might be the one from that series to make it big, especially her delightful turn in the comic Dick, where her character crushes on Richard Nixon.  But her big breakthrough, and her first Oscar nomination, came with the 2005 drama Brokeback Mountain:

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