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February 9: Happy Birthday Tom Hiddleston and Zhang Ziyi


Our two headliners today are both connected to the Warner Brothers/Legendary Monsterverse franchise.  Hiddleston was one of the stars of Kong: Skull Island, while Zhang will appear in Godzilla: King of the Monsters, which will come out next year.

Tom Hiddleston is turning 37 today.  He began acting in student productions at Cambridge, and later studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.  He began working in British film, theater and television in the early 2000s.  One of his early television roles was Randolph Churchill in the BBC/HBO production The Gathering Storm, while on stage, he won an Olivier Award in a dual role in a 2007 revival of Shakespeare’s Cymbeline, and a year later played Cassio in a production of Othello.  In 2011, he made his first appearance in his best known film role.

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February 9: Happy Birthday Mia Farrow and Carole King


Mia Farrow turns 72 today.  The daughter of director John Farrow and actress Maureen O’Sullivan, she first became known for starring on the first two seasons of the prime-time soap opera Peyton Place, and then as the star of the horror classic Rosemary’s Baby, for which she was a Golden Globe nominee.  During the seventies she starred in films such as Follow Me!, The Great Gatsby (as Daisy Buchanan), and Death on the Nile.

In 1979, Farrow began a relationship with Woody Allen, and starred or co-starred in all of Allen’s films from 1982-1992.  During her years as Allen’s “muse,” she was nominated for Golden Globes for Broadway Danny Rose, The Purple Rose of Cairo, and Alice, and for BAFTA Awards for The Purple Rose of Cairo and Hannah and Her Sisters.

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Review: Crimson Peak

I must admit to being a little bit of a sucker for the aesthetics of Guillermo del Toro’s new big screen offering Crimson Peak, marking it down for opening weekend viewing when I first saw the trailer some time back. Fans of Victorian age ghost stories have been waiting on del Toro’s take on Disney’s Haunted Mansion for a few years now, but that project keeps getting put off despite his continued claims to be working on it. In the meantime, this film with some similar DNA shows up with a much shorter period of fanfare.

Del Toro has a well-earned reputation for a strong grip on the creepy and alarming, with his well-liked genre flicks including Cronos (1993), The Devil’s Backbone (2001), Hellboy (2004), and Pan’s Labyrinth (2006). With this, and the exciting trailer in mind, I entered the movie theater today with reasonably high hopes.
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