Happy Birthday: Jonathan Banks

jonathanbanks.jpgJonathan Banks

Born: January 31, 1947 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA

I’ve died so many times. I’m 65. On my 40th birthday, my girlfriend gave me a reel with ways I had died, whether it was by knife, or electrocution or drowning or being thrown off a building or whatever it might have been. I’ve died a lot of times!

I love Russell Crowe’s line to Oliver Reed in ‘Gladiator’ where he asks him, ‘Are you in danger of becoming a good man?’ It’s one of my favorite lines ever.

I have no trouble walking around. But every once in a while, somebody will come, during the course of the day, and say, ‘Oh, I recognize you from such-and-such,’ and yeah, they’ll make a connection. I think for the most part, people don’t go, ‘Where do I know him from? Does he work at the bank?’

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2013
dir. Seth Gordon
Stars:
Jason Bateman
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REIGN OVER MEReign Over Me
2007
dir. James Wang
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Sandler
Don Cheadle
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Happy Birthday: Penelope Ann Miller

penelopeannmillerPenelope Ann Miller

Born: January 13, 1964 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Married to: James Patrick Huggins (28 May 2000 – present) (2 children)
Will Arnett (9 December 1994 – 18 January 1995) (divorced)

[on her romance with Al Pacino while filming of Carlito’s Way (1993)] It’s not a secret and I’m not ashamed of it. Al is a very passionate person, and he brought out a certain womanliness, a sexuality, a passion in me. I think I always knew I had it in me, but he brought out a real fire. [We were worried about] upsetting the atmosphere on the set. We really wanted to keep the relationship discreet for the sake of the movie.

THE ARTIST
dir. Michel Hazanavicius
Star:
John Goodman
Missi Pyle
CARLITO'S WAYCarlito’s Way
1993
dir. Brian DePalma
Starring
Al Pacino
Sean Penn

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Happy Birthday: Michael Peña

michaelpena.jpgMichael Peña

Born: January 13, 1976 in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Married to:
Brie Shaffer (2006 – present) (1 child)

My first ten years in Hollywood were really tough. I’d be coaching friends who came to me for acting advice, and then they’d make it before I did. I’d still be helping them while they were on movie sets and I had four lines on a TV show.

The joy of ‘Crash’ was that it was all about the work. It was my first real part. Before that, it was a line here and there, maybe a scene. ‘Crash’ was five scenes, a beautiful arc, a little vignette of my own. It really meant something.

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Stars:
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2007
dir. Antoine Fuqua
Starring
Wahlberg
Danny Glover
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dir. Brett Ratner
Stars:
Eddie Murphy
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dir. Redford
Starring
Tom Cruise
Meryl Streep
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2004
dir. Clint Eastwood
Starring:
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Hilary Swank
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2009
dir. Jody Hill
Starring
Seth Rogen
Anna Faris
MOVIE POSTERCRASH
2004
dir. Paul Haggis
Starring:
Don Cheadle
Sandra Bullock
 moviesMY SON MY SON WHAT HAVE YE DONE
2009
dir. Werner Herzog
Starring:
Michael Shannon
Willem Dafoe
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2012
dir. David Ayer
Stars:
Jake Gyllenhaal
Michael Pena
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2013
dir. David Soren
Stars:
Ryan Reynolds
Paul Giamatti
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dir. Ruben Fleischer
Stars:
Sean Penn
Ryan Gosling
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2006
dir. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
Stars:
Brad Pitt
Cate Blanchett
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2013
dir. David O. Russell
Stars:
Christian Bale
Amy Adams
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2006
dir. Oliver Stone
Stars:
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Michael Pena

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Happy Birthday: Orlando Bloom

orlandobloom.jpgOrlando Bloom

Born: January 13, 1977 in Canterbury, Kent, England, UK

[on Johnny Depp] — Johnny is Johnny. It’s a whole different level. Johnny Depp was a big draw. I’ve always admired him. To be on the set with somebody like him and see how he handles himself and see how he goes about it, it’s a real privilege. To learn as you go. When the real captain of the Interceptor disappeared, and Johnny took control of the ship, it had a really strange effect on me. I looked up and saw Johnny in control of the ship with his pirate costume, and his gold teeth. It felt like we were really pirates for a couple minutes!

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2001
dir. Peter Jackson
Starring
Elijah Wood
MOVIE POSTERTHE THREE MUSKETEERS
dir. Paul W.S. Anderson
Stars:
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Matthew Macfadyen
THE TWO TOWERSLord of the Rings: The Two Towers
2002
dir. Peter Jackson
Starring
Sean Astin
THE RETuRN OF THE KINGThe Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
2003
dir. Peter Jackson
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2003
dir. Gore Verbinski
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2005
dir. Scott
starring
Bloom
Liam Neeson
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2006
dir. Gore Verbinski
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2007
dir. Gore Verbinski
Starring
Johnny Deep
Keira Knightley
MOVIE POSTERTHE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY
dir. Peter Jackson
Stars:
Martin Freeman
Ian McKellen

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Happy Birthday: John Lasseter

johnlasseter.jpgJohn Lasseter

Born: January 12, 1957 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA

[on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)] The animation of the dwarfs themselves is something pretty much impossible to achieve in computer animation. That fluidity, that squash and stretch, that kind of stuff – it just works in hand-drawn animation.

[on new directions in animated storytelling] You’ve got to tell them for today’s audiences, You can’t have a female character sitting around for a guy to come save her. There’s not one woman I know – my mom, my wife – who is waiting around for guy to save them. For Tangled (2010), the story had to have a little something extra. This was a challenging story that involves child abduction and a poor girl raised in one room for her whole life. But her decision not to wait for someone to save her was what ended up driving the story. We switched Rapunzel from a damsel to an aspirational character.

CARS 2
dir. John Lasseter
Brad Lewis
Stars:
Owen Wilson
CARSCars
2006
dir. John Lasseter
Joe Ranft
Voices by
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Paul Newman
Toy Story 2
1999
dir. John Lasseter
Ash Brannon
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Tim Allen
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1995
dir. John Lasseter
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Happy Birthday: Rachael Harris

rachaelharris.jpgRachael Harris

Born: January 12, 1968 in Worthington, Ohio, USA

Married to: Christian Hebel (30 April 2015 – present) (1 child)

When I moved to New York out of college, that was my goal. To be a stage actress. And to do dramatic works. Like ‘Madea’, and ”Night, Mother’, and ‘Sam Shepard’, and all that kind of stuff. That’s what I really wanted to do.

See, that’s the thing: I’m not one of those actors who thinks, ‘God, I’ve got to improvise and make it my own.’ No, my first job as an actor is to take what’s written and make it work. And then, if they want me to improvise, I’ll do that.

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dir. David Bowers
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Starring
Bradley Cooper
Ed Helms
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dir. Thor Freudenthal
Cast:
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Steve Zahn
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2009
dir. Joe Wright
Starring
Downey Jr.
Jamie Foxx
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Stars:
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Robert Capron
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dir. Rich Moore
Stars:
John C. Reilly
Jack McBrayer
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2014
dir. Jason Bateman
Stars:
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Kathryn Hahn

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