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March 13: Happy Birthday Emile Hirsch and Kaya Scodelario


Emile Hirsch is celebrating his 33rd today.  He began working in television as a child and teen in the late 1990s, making guest appearances on series like 3rd Rock from the Sun and Sabrina, the Teenage Witch.  He had a prominent role in the 2001 Showtime TV movie Wild Iris, and then starred in his feature film debut a year later, in The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys.  He starred in the teen rom-com The Girl Next Door and in the crime drama Alpha Dog (he is the third headliner in four days from the cast of the latter film, after Olivia Wilde and Anton Yelchin), and then starred as Chris McCandless in the 2007 adaptation of Jon Krakauer’s book Into the Wild.

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March 13: Happy Birthday William H. Macy and Neil Sedaka


William H. Macy is celebrating his 67th birthday today.  Currently starring on Showtime’s Shameless, Macy began acting in college, and then went on to found Chicago’s St. Nicholas Theatre Company along with David Mamet and a couple of other colleagues.  He did a lot of off-Broadway work in the 1980s and made his Broadway debut in 1988.  He also began appearing in film and on television.  He had roles in several of Mamet’s films, beginning with House of Games.  But his first really big film role was as an overmatched-by-life businessman in the Coen Brothers’ Fargo:

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Movies of 1997 Bracket Game: Boogie Nights vs Good Will Hunting


And here we are in the second round of our 1997 movie bracket! The format for this round will be a little different than last round’s trailer and catch-all observations on the films and the people who made them. Over the next four days I’ll be featuring individual scenes from the competing films, discussing how they are written and shot and how they are reflective of the movies as a whole. While this will certainly say something about the films, I want to remind everyone involved that you are voting for the movie as a whole and not the featured scene.

Oh, by the way, SPOILERS!

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