Happy Birthday, Chris Farley!
Christopher Crosby Farley (February 15, 1964 - December 18, 1997) was an American comedian and actor, best known for his five years as a cast member on Saturday Night Live (1990 - 1995). Farley became popular through the Improv Olympic and Second City Theaters in Chicago. It was here that he would meet Lorne Michaels, who would bring him to stardom. Farley's comic style was loud, energetic and shameless. Many of his characters are well remembered today. Farley suffered with problems of obesity and drug abuse throughout his career. The latter would eventually be his demise and he died from the same cause as his comedy idol John Belushi. Chris Farley's legacy lives on through a star on Hollywood Boulevard, through his comedy peers and through the countless fans he inspired.
Happy Birthday, James Dean.
"Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today."
James Byron Dean (February 8th, 1931 - September 30th, 1955) was an American actor best known for his lead role in the film Rebel Without A Cause (1955). James Dean became an icon and legend in popular culture. His portrayal of the "disillusioned teenager" struck young people nationwide and he is used to exemplify the "teen rebel" figure to this day. Dean was also a lead actor in the films East of Eden (1955) and Giant (1956), the latter earning him an Oscar nomination for Best Actor. James Dean died in a car crash at the young age of 24. This tragic accident would forever cement his name as one of Hollywood's most mysterious and loved stars.
Paperman is a new Oscar-nominated short film from Disney director John Kahrs. In this six minute love story, two Manhattanites fall head over heels for each other and spend the day chasing each other's attention through the busy city streets. A cute and beautifully animated distraction to your day.
Happy birthday Clark Gable!
William Clark Gable (February 1, 1901 – November 16, 1960) was an American film actor whose outstanding film career earned him the moniker The King of Hollywood. He is perhaps best known for his portrayal of Rhett Butler in the 1939 film Gone With the Wind, opposite Vivien Leigh. In what became the final screen appearance for each, Gable appeared with Marilyn Monroe in The Misfits, in 1961. Below, a list of interesting facts about the screen legend in honor of his birthday:
Happy Birthday Gene Hackman!
Eugene Allen "Gene" Hackman, born January 30th, 1930 is an American film actor known for appearing in a wide spectrum of genres. Some of Hackman's most recognized roles are from the films The French Connection (1971), The Conversation (1974), Superman: The Movie (1978), Get Shorty (1995), Enemy of the State (1998) and The Royal Tenenbaums (2001). Between his first appearance in Bonnie and Clyde (1967) and his retirement in 2008, Gene Hackman won two Oscars and another thirty-four awards, making him one of Hollywood's most prominent stars.
Happy Birthday, Oprah!
Oprah Winfrey, born January 29th, 1954, is an American media personality, best known for her talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show. She is also an actress, producer, author, philanthropist and according to various sources, one of the most influential people in the world. Oprah's talk show was the highest rated talk show in history and ran for 25 seasons between 1986 and 2011. Her empathy, openness and deeply personal discussions with her guests resulted in an effect the Wall Street Journal called "Oprahfication". The term referred to her revolution and popularization of the tabloid talk show as therapy through mass communication. In addition to her talk show, Oprah is known for co-authoring five books, publishing O: The Oprah Magazine, creating her own production company and television network and appearing in films such as The Color Purple (1985). Oprah was ranked one of the wealthiest African-Americans in the 20th Century.
Happy Birthday, David Lynch!
David Lynch, born on January 20th, 1946 is an American filmmaker and director, best known for his surrealist style and highly visual, psychological stories. Lynch's first feature Eraserhead (1977) became a cult classic. He went on to direct: The Elephant Man (1980), Dune (1984), Blue Velvet (1986), Mulholland Drive (2001) and his television series Twin Peaks (1990-1991). Lynch's career inspired and influenced a generation of filmmakers including Stanley Kubrick, Quentin Tarantino, and the Cohen Brothers. Lynch's era-defining films have won him over 42 awards.
Happy Birthday, Graham Chapman!
Graham Arthur Chapman (January 8, 1941–October 4, 1989) was an English comedian, writer, actor, and a member of Monty Python. Although he earned a degree in medicine, Chapman's brush with the Footlights at Cambridge proved much more influential on his career.
After graduation, Chapman began writing for television, including stints on The Week That Was, Doctor, and This Is Petula Clark. Chapman and fellow future Python member John Cleese began writing for the BBC during the 1960s for David Frost and Marty Feldman.
I remember the early days of widely-available internet, the dial-up tone, and the chunky desktops. So it's strange to consider that something like the GIF (graphics interchange format, or what you would recognize as the repeating clips of movie shots on Tumblr) already has a history. Watch this short, adorably animated film, created for Moving The Still: The GIF Festival.