Died Today (August 31st): Princess Diana (1961–1997)

princessdiana.jpgHappy Birthday Princess Diana (1961–1997)

Born: July 1, 1961 in Park House, Sandringham, Norfolk, England, UK

Died: August 31, 1997 (age 36) in Paris, France

Married to:
Prince Charles (29 July 1981 – 28 August 1996) (divorced) (2 children)

QUOTES:

[interview in “Panorama” magazine, 1995] There were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded.

Any sane person would have left long ago. But I cannot. I have my sons.

I’d like to be a queen in people’s hearts but I don’t see myself being queen of this country.

My role is about 80% slog and 20% fantastic.

If I’m going to comfort the suffering, I have to understand what they’ve been through.

[describing her relationship with the press] Wherever I go, it waits for me, and it tracks me down. Whatever I do, whatever I say, it will always look for controversy and contradiction. It will always criticize me.

My father always taught me to treat everybody as an equal. I have always done and I am sure that [Prince William and Prince Harry Windsor] are the same.

I was always told by my family that I was the thick one. That I was stupid and my brother was the clever one. And I was always so conscious of that. I used to go to the head mistress crying saying I wish I wasn’t so stupid.

Died Today (August 31st): John Ford (1894–1973)

johnford.jpgJohn Ford (1894–1973)

Born: February 1, 1894 in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, USA
Died: August 31, 1973 (age 79) in Palm Desert, California, USA

I didn’t show up at the ceremony to collect any of my first three Oscars. Once I went fishing, another time there was a war on, and on another occasion, I remember, I was suddenly taken drunk.

[on Native American Indians] We’ve treated them badly, it’s a blot on our shield; we’ve robbed, cheated, murdered and massacred them, but they kill one white man and God, out come the troops.

John Ford is the winningest director in Oscar history — four of them he received over the course of his career — but that’s not why he’s on this list, though it helps. It’s not for more or less discovering John Wayne either. Though that helps, too.

THE INFORMERThe Informer
1935
dir. John Ford
Cast
Victor McLaglen
Heather Angel
YOUNG MR LINCOLNYoung Mr. Lincoln
1939
dir. Ford
Starring
Henry Fonda
Alice Brady
HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEYHow Green Was My Valley
1941
dir. Ford
Starring
Walter Pidgeon
Maureen O’Hara
The Quiet ManThe Quiet Man
1952
dir. Ford
starring
John Wayne
Maureen O’Hara
The Long Gray LineThe Long Gray Line
1955
dir. Ford
Starring
Tyrone Power
Maureen O’Hara
THE SEARCHERSThe Searchers
1956
dir. Ford
Starring
John Wayne
Vera Miles
MOVIEStagecoach
1939
dir. John Ford
Starring
John Wayne
Claire Trevor
THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCEThe Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
1962
dir. Ford
starring
James Stewart
John Wayne
MOVIE POSTERTHE GRAPES OF WRATH
1940
dir. John Ford
Stars:
Henry Fonda
Jane Darwell

John Ford was one of the first and maybe the best at playing the singular individual against the vastness of nature, and in so doing laid the ground work for the modern epic. Other director’s are probably more known for that particular style of filmmaking–David Lean certainly explored further into what an epic could do–but there would have been no David Lean without John Ford.

Like Chaplin and Hitchock, Ford started out in the silent’s, transporting the ability to tell a story in purely visual terms into the age of sound (and eventually color and cinemascope) without losing his own personal voice. And like Hitchcok, Ford was a specialist. He made the western what is and was.

It’s hard to remember, today, just how big the Western was in its heyday. In the 1950s if you were going to make a new TV show, it was probably going to be a western. While superhero comics languished, western comics rode on. And ever year, any studio worth its salt was making sure it had a slate full of western’s.

And Ford was its master. “Stage Coach” “The Searchers” “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance.” Even people who didn’t make western’s the way Ford did often made them in spite of the way he made them. If you made a Western, John Ford was your starting point.

But he was certainly capable of other things. His adaptation of “The Grapes of Wrath” is as good as any western he ever made. There are similarities of course, but that might be less because he turned everything into a western as it is that he found the innate humanity in all of his stories, and it is that which made all of his films so good.

Even decades after his preferred genre has fallen from the pedestal it once sat on, John Ford still remains.

WATCH TOP 10 JOHN FORD FILMS MOVIE SCENES

10. THE SEARCHERS – The best scene in the film. A lot going on without much happening!

9. FORT APACHE – Fort Apache is a 1948 western film directed by John Ford and starring John Wayne and Henry Fonda.

8. SHE WORE A YELLOW RIBBON – “She Wore a Yellow Ribbon” is a 1949 western film directed by John Ford and starring John Wayne.

7. RIO GRANDE – Rio Grande is a 1950 western film and the third installment of John Ford’s “cavalry trilogy”,

6. THE WINGS OF EAGLE – The Wings of Eagles (1957) – Closing Scenes.

5. STAGECOACH – 1939- Colorized version starring: John Wayne, Claire Trevor director: John Ford

4. THE INFORMER – After squandering the reward money he received from the Black and Tans (Provincial Police) for informing on his friend Frankie McPhillip, Gypo Nolan stands trial

3. YOUNG MR LINCOLN – First sequence in the 1939 John Ford film

2. THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE– Together For The First Time – James Stewart – John Wayne – in the masterpiece of four-time Academy Award winner John Ford

1. THE SEARCHERS ENDING – Probably, the best ending in the history of cinema. Great Wayne, best Ford.

ALSO –

JOHN FORD INTERVIEW – Video on the famous John Ford. Director of the Grapes of Wrath and many more!

JOHN FORD TRIBUTE – Tribute to the best of John Ford’s Westerns.

Happy Birthday: Larry Hankin

larryhankin.jpgLarry Hankin

Born: August 31, 1940 in New York City, New York, USA

In the season 4 Seinfeld episode, “The Pilot,” he portrayed an actor playing a character based on Cosmo Kramer. In real life, Hankin auditioned for the role of Kramer and was series co-creator Larry David’s first choice during casting, as he felt Hankin was most similar to his friend Kenny Kramer who the character was based on; however, Michael Richards was ultimately cast.

HOME ALONE
1990
dir. Chris Columbus
Stars:
Macaulay Culkin
Joe Pesci

Escape from Alcatraz, dir. Don Siegel starring EastwoodEscape from Alcatraz
1979
dir. Don Siegel
starring
Eastwood
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2013
dir. Michael Bay
Stars:
Mark Wahlberg
Dwayne Johnson
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Happy Birthday: Sara Ramirez

sararamirez.jpgSara Ramirez

Born: August 31, 1975 in Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico

Made her first video game voice acting debut as Lammy, the main protagonist of the PlayStation game “Um Jammer Lammy” from late 1998 to early 1999, and then in the summer of 1999 again due to U.S. censorship and religious and violent issues in Japan’s version of the game. She again made her recurring role as Lammy in the 2001-2002 PlayStation 2 game “PaRappa the Rapper 2”.

Happy Birthday: James Coburn (1928–2002)

jamescoburn.jpgJames Coburn (1928–2002)

Born: August 31, 1928 in Laurel, Nebraska, USA
Died: November 18, 2002 (age 74) in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA

[on Sam Peckinpah] Sam is, I think, a great filmmaker. Of course, he’s his own worst enemy. Sam is an unusual human being, and he needs to be treated like an unusual human being. He can create an atmosphere, whether he’s drunk, sober, pissed off or in a rage, or whatever. I mean, for about three or four hours a day, he’s a fucking genius. But the rest of the time he spends wallowing in a kind of emotional reaction to either good or bad memories.
movie posterYOUNG GUNS 2
1990
dir. Geoff Murphy
Starring:
Emilio Estevez
Kiefer Sutherland
PAT GARRETT AND BILLY THE KIDPat Garrett and Billy the Kid
1973
dir. Sam Peckinpah
Starring
James Coburn
Kristofferson
Charade
1963
dir. by Stanely Donen
starring
Cary Grant
Audrey Hepburn

 

Happy Birthday: Debbie Gibson

debbiegibson.jpgDebbie Gibson

Born: August 31, 1970 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Deborah Gibson is a creative force in the entertainment industry who does it all! She has single handedly transcended music and entertainment trends and fads. Deborah stands poised at the top, embarking on the second phase of her hugely successful pop career.

That it’s been almost two decades since “Out Of the Blue” and ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic has yet to parody even *one* of my songs makes me feel curiously left-out.

Happy Birthday: Chris Tucker

christucker.jpgChris Tucker

Born: August 31, 1972 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA

I think real life reflects your movies. In your life, you pick stuff that influences what movie roles you wanna pick. I think if you’ve got an interesting life, you wanna do interesting movies about interesting things.

RISE OF THE GUARDIANS
dir. Peter Ramsey
Stars:
Hugh Jackman
Alec Baldwin

RUSH HOUR 3Rush Hour 3
2007
dir. Brett Ratner
Starring
Chan
Chris Tucker