It’s a happy 30th birthday to Noureen DeWulf as well as a happy 38th birthday to Ali Larter, the latter of whom no doubt has had to engage in some Cool Whip shenanigans over the years to satiate suitors.
It’s a happy birthday to Stanley Kubrick, who would have been 85 years old today, as well as Kevin Spacy, who turns 54, and Kate Beckinsale, who flips the personal odometer over to 40. Sandra Bullock, meanwhile, creeps to just one year away from the mid-century mark, a fact which will surely bewilder plenty of Speed fans. And probably Jesse James, too — you just know that guy never knew when her birthday was.
It’s a happy 39th birthday today to Eva Mendes, who doesn’t look terrible sprawled out like that. A few years back I pondered her untapped gifts, and for those who haven’t had the chance to track it down, she’s quite excellent in Massy Tadjedin’s underappreciated Last Night, an evocative portrait of modern sexual temptation.
It’s a happy 46th birthday to David Herman, of Office Space fame. Every time I think of/view this wonderful scene, it fills me with an almost indescribable joy. From “PC load letter — what the fuck does that mean?!” to the unhinged mania with which he attacks that printer… man, just beautiful, beautiful stuff. Comedy of our times, truly.
It’s a happy birthday to Jean-Claude Van Damme, who turns 52 today, but hopefully isn’t coerced into celebrating by doing 52 scissor-kick splits.
It’s a happy 26th birthday to Emmy Rossum, who has engendered no small amount of hate due to… what, exactly? The fact she’s one of these multi-hyphenate talents, daring to both sing and act and do modeling and what not as well? I’m not sure if her topless scenes in Shameless have helped or hurt her any in this regard — all I know is that in the maybe three or four pieces I’ve penned about either her or her movies over the years, the comments sections have reliably gotten blown up by weirdo trolls, in a manner and to a degree not really keeping with her stature or public profile. So what is it about her that so sets some folks off? I’d really like to know.
It’s a happy 54th birthday to Michelle Pfeiffer today, who deserves nothing but sunshine and happiness in life. Well worth checking out for both Pfeiffer fans and others who probably missed it when it was dumped like a homeless murder victim’s body by its distributor is Amy Heckerling’s I Could Never Be Your Woman; it’s a charming, funny romantic comedy with great performances by Paul Rudd and a young(er) Saoirse Ronan.
It’s a happy birthday as well to the striking Noureen DeWulf, now 28. I stumbled across part of The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard on television recently, and said “Hell-o!” But I still couldn’t place what else I’d seen DeWulf in. American Dreamz, maybe? No firm memories there, really. It turns out it was The Taqwacores, actually. Here’s to more of her, and if it’s in ensembles like the one above then so be it.
It’s a happy 79th birthday today to filmmaker Robert Benton, who’s a great writer and a class act to boot.
“Ladies and gentlemen, 53-year-old birthday boy and Fulbright scholar Dolph Lundgren on drums!”
It’s a happy 38th birthday to the attractive and entirely pleasant Sharon Leal, who almost makes one want to stop sighing deeply and/or punching themselves in the face while watching Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married Too? Almost.