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March 10: Happy Birthday Jon Hamm and Olivia Wilde


Jon Hamm is celebrating his 47th today.  He grew up in the St. Louis area and attended John Burroughs School, where his prom date was actress Sarah Clarke.  After he graduated from the University of Missouri, he taught drama at John Burroughs for a few years; one of his students was Ellie Kemper.  In the mid-1990s, he moved to Los Angeles, where he became the first-ever aspiring actor to wait tables while trying to establish himself.

His major part came when he was cast in the role of Burt Ridley on seasons 2 and 3 of Providence in 2000-01.  He worked regularly in television for the next several years, and also made appearances in features like Kissing Jessica Stein and We Were Soldiers.  Then he got his big break in 2007, when he was cast in the lead role of Don Draper on AMC’s Mad Men.  The role brought him eight consecutive nominations for the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama—he won for the show’s final season—as well as a pair of Golden Globes.

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March 10: Happy Birthday Sharon Stone and Carrie Underwood


Sharon Stone turns 59 today.  She is another WTHH subject, so readers eager for a detailed account of her career can go right here.  After appearing in a run of, to be honest, mediocre-at-best films in the 1980s, Stone began to emerge as a star in 1990’s Total Recall.  Her most famous, or infamous, role was as Catherine Tramell in Basic InstinctThat scene that you all have at least heard of would definitely be NSFW, so no video, sorry.  Instead, I will remember Stone’s most critically acclaimed performance (Golden Globe winning, Oscar nominated), as Ginger McKenna in Casino.

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The Incredible Burt Wonderstone: Review

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone
Recently, LeBlog readers have been subjected to my crotchety old man act, as I have bemoaned the state of current big screen comedy. Some of my objection to movie humor of the last decade has been its reliance on and glorification of idiots with little character development. scatological humor is all about context. When it appears to be the context, I tend to check out.
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone trods the line between stupidity and comedy quite deftly and delivers some big laughs in the process. This is, in part, because it is mostly about people who are either nice or successful or both.
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