Ray Park

Festival Reviews

raypark.jpgRay Park

Born: August 23, 1974 in Glasgow, Scotland, UK

[on having to shave his head for the role of Darth Maul] “At first, I lost my confidence a little. I’m used to having my hair, but now you have this bald thing on top. Then I got into it. It was easy and free; I didn’t have to wash my hair. I just took a hot towel and buffed it to make it nice and shiny.”

Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace
1999
dir. Lucas
Starring
Liam Neeson
Ewan McGregor
MOVIE POSTERTHE PHANTOM MENACE 3D
dir. George Lucas
Stars: Ewan McGregor
Liam Neeson

x-menX-Men
2000
dir. Bryan Singer
starring
Jackman
Patrick Stewart
GI JOE Movie PosterG.I Joe: The Rise of Cobra
2009
dir. Stephen Sommers
Starring
Dennis Quaid
Sienna Miller
GI JOE 2: RELATIATION
dir. Jon M. Chu
Stars:
Channing Tatum
Dwayne Johnson

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Happy Birthday: Scott Caan

Festival Reviews

scottcaan.jpgScott Caan

Born: August 23, 1976 in Los Angeles, California, USA

[on acting in the moment] I think all the greats really did that. If you watch Brando, if you watch McQueen, every scene you could see that they were doing something and that’s why it seemed so human and so real as opposed to actors trying to find an emotion or play that emotion when the cameras are up and the lights are on it’s hard to settle in and have a real moment. I think the only real way to do it is to have an objective for what you’re doing in the scene.

movie posterGONE IN SIXTY SECONDS
2000
dir. Dominic Sena
Starring:
Nicolas Cage
Angelina Jolie
Ocean's ElevenOcean’s Eleven
2001
dir. Steven Soderbergh
starring
Clooney
Brad Pitt
Matt Damon
Ocean's ThirteenOcean’s Thirteen
2007
dir. Steven Soderbergh
starring
Clooney
Brad Pitt
Matt Damon
VARSITY BLUESVarsity Blues
1999
dir. Brian Robbins
Starring

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Happy Birthday: Shelley Long

Festival Reviews

shelleylong.jpgShelley Long

Born: August 23, 1949 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA

Shortly before starting work on Cheers (1982), she made an unsold sitcom pilot called: “Ghost of a Chance”, in which she was a newlywed haunted by the ghost of her first husband.

MOVIE POSTERTHE MONEY PIT
1986
dir. Richard Benjamin
Stars:
Tom Hanks
Shelley Long

NIGHT SHIFTNight Shift
1982
dir. Howard
starring
Henry Winkler
Michael Keaton

 

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Happy Birthday: Joanne Froggatt

Festival Reviews

joannefroggatt.jpgJoanne Froggatt

Born: August 23, 1979 in Littlebeck, North Yorkshire, England, UK

Is one of 12 Coronation Street (1960) actresses who despite their characters giving birth on the show have never become mothers in real life. The others are Doreen Keogh, Anne Kirkbride, Helen Worth, Caroline Milmoe, Naomi Radcliffe, Angela Lonsdale, Vicky Binns, Georgia May Foote, Natalie Gumede, Michelle Keegan and Ellie Leach.

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Happy Birthday: Barbara Eden

Festival Reviews

barbaraeden.jpgBarbara Eden

Born: August 23, 1931 in Tucson, Arizona, USA

The presence of her belly-button on I Dream of Jeannie (1965) was a non-issue until its existence was questioned, playfully, by columnist Mike Connolly. When Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In (1967) producer George Schlatter decided to premiere it on his show, NBC issued a “No Navel Edict”.

Her parents divorced when she was three and her mother Alice later married Harrison Connor Huffman.

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Happy Birthday: River Phoenix (1970–1993)

Festival Reviews

riverphoenix.jpgRiver Phoenix (1970–1993)

Born: August 23, 1970 in Madras, Oregon, USA
Died: October 31, 1993 (age 23) in West Hollywood, California, USA

I would just look at Harrison [Harrison Ford]; he would do stuff and I would not mimic it, but interpret it younger. Mimicking is a terrible mistake that many people make when they play someone younger, or with an age difference. Mimicking doesn’t interpret true because you can’t just edit it around. [on his interpretation of a young Indiana Jones in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)]

STAND BY MEStand By Me
1986
dir. Rob Reiner
Starring
Wil Wheaton
Phoenix
The Mosquito CoastThe Mosquito Coast
1986
dir. Peter Weir
starring
Harrison Ford
Helen Mirren
Indiana Jones and the Last CrusadeIndiana Jones and the Last Crusade
1989
dir. Steven Spielberg
starring
Harrison Ford
Sean Connery
Dogfight
1991
dir. Nancy Savoca
starring
Phoenix
Lili Taylor
THE THING CALLED LOVE MOVIE POSTERThe Thing Called Love
1993
dir. Peter Bogdanovich
Starring
Samantha Mathis
Phoenix

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July 2017 Action/Adventure Stories, Screenplays, and Short Films