Happy Birthday: Ne-Yo

neyo.jpgNe-Yo

Born: October 18, 1982 in Camden, Arkansas, USA

His stage name is taken from Keanu Reeves character in The Matrix (1999).

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dir. Anthony Hemingway
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David Oyelowo
The Princess and the Frog
dir. Ron Clements
John Musker
Stars:
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Oprah Winfrey
Battle: Los AngelesBATTLE: LOS ANGELES
dir. Jonathan Liebesman
Stars:
Aaron Eckhart
Michelle Rodriguez
Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire Movie PosterPrecious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
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Stars:
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Mo’Nique
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Happy Birthday: Eminem

eminemEminem

Born: October 17, 1972 in St. Joseph, Missouri, USA

Birth Name Marshall Bruce Mathers III

You can’t control who likes you. If I got Backstreet Boy fans what am I supposed to do? Turn them away? Whoever likes my stuff, likes my stuff but just know Slim Shady is hip hop, I grew up on hip hop, it’s the music I love and it’s the music I respect. I respect the culture…that’s me

“It doesn’t exactly feel like a shock, but it’s all new to me, and I’m taking it in as it comes.” –On his rise to stardom.

 

 

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Happy Birthday: Paul Simon

paulsimon.jpgPaul Simon

Born: October 13, 1941 in Newark, New Jersey, USA

Married to:
Edie Brickell (30 May 1992 – present) (3 children)
Carrie Fisher (16 August 1983 – 1984) (divorced)
Peggy Harper (1969 – 1975) (divorced) (1 child)

Look at what we did to the planet. We ruined the planet. Take away the human beings and all their inventions and all the stuff we’ve made and the mess we make and you’ve got a much cleaner planet. It would be a lot healthier than it is right now. Would life be better for a zebra without mankind? Absolutely. Would it be better for the trees? Absolutely.

Nobody says you should stop painting when you’re 60. Nobody says you should stop writing novels when you’re 60. Nobody says that B.B. King should stop playing the blues. So The Rolling Stones go out there and people call them dinosaurs and they say, “What are you talking about? We’re reinventing what you can do at our age and if you don’t like it, OK, but don’t try to stop us.”

 

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Happy Birthday: Gene Autry (1907–1998)

geneautry.jpgGene Autry (1907–1998)

Born: September 29, 1907 in Near Tioga, Texas, USA
Died: October 2, 1998 (age 91) in Studio City, Los Angeles, California, USA

Married to: Jackie Autry (19 July 1981 – 2 October 1998) (his death)
Ina Mae Spivey (1 April 1932 – 20 May 1980) (her death)

[on Gail Davis] There are lots of girls who can ride and shoot and lots who can act, but the girl who could do both just couldn’t be found. Then this kid came along and I didn’t have any more problems. A whole generation of children grew up with Gail Davis playing Annie Oakley on television. Before that she co-starred with me in several of my movies. She also toured with me on a number of occasions. Gail was an extremely talented individual. She had a kind, generous heart and brought so much joy to so many children. She never stopped doing that right up to the day she passed away.

 

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Happy Birthday: Avril Lavigne

avrillavigne.jpgAvril Lavigne

Born: September 27, 1984 in Belleville, Ontario, Canada

People ask me if I regret wasting my last teen years on becoming a singer. You know something? I don’t. Because singing is my life. When and if you want something so badly you’ll see. I mean, I’m just so blessed to be doing what I love to do and to have been given this opportunity. I thank God because there are so many more talented people out there that will never even come close to getting a record deal.

FAST FOOD NATION
2006
dir. Richard Linklater
Stars:
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Bruce Willis

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Karey Kirkpatrick
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Died Today (September 25th): Andy Williams (1927–2012)

andywilliams Andy Williams (1927–2012)

Born: December 3, 1927 in Wall Lake, Iowa, USA
Died: September 25, 2012 (age 84) in Branson, Missouri, USA

[Williams, an ultra-conservative Republican, replying to a question about US President Barack Obama] Don’t like him at all. I think he wants to create a socialist country. The people he associates with are very left-wing. One is registered as a Communist [a rumor at the time that turned out be false]. Obama is following Marxist theory. He’s taken over the banks and the car industry. He wants the country to fail.

[on his support of ex-wife Claudine Longet after she shot to death her lover, skier Spider Sabich, in 1976] I had to be there for her. She is the mother of my children. And we never stopped being friends. I still accept her story that the shooting was accidental. Bing Crosby’s wife once told me that she was amazed that I had taken so much trouble to help Claudine after we divorced. I said that anybody would have done the same thing, and she said, “Bing wouldn’t.” I think she meant that Bing was a very rigid guy, and once you had screwed up, you were off his list. Well, that’s not the kind of guy I am.

 

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Happy Birthday: Joan Jett

joanjett.jpgJoan Jett

Born: September 22, 1958 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

[on the symbolism of two of her tattoos in Budget Living magazine] The triangle on my chest represents the divinity of myself and others. The band around my arm represents the creative essence of life in a swirl of positive and negative forces.

[on her refusal to appear in Edgeplay: A film about the Runaways] To me, the Runaways is my baby, so you have to understand my perspective. If there’s gonna be a Runaways movie, it should be about what we accomplished, the tours we did, the bands we played with, the people we inspired. I’m not gonna participate in a Jerry Springer fest, bottom line. With any band, you’re gonna have interpersonal conflicts, but if that’s what they thought the Runaways were about, about breaking a bass or putting on make-up, well, it’s very disappointing. Very, very disappointing. I wanted nothing to do with it because that’s not the band I was in. [The film] was a totally different take on what went down.

 

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