In honor of SRK’s birthday, here are some favorite moments from Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003). This seems an appropriate choice this week, since the movie was filmed in New York. After the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, Aman and Naina are not the only ones crying.
I love Shah Rukh, and I’m counting the days until his new movie Jab Tak Hai Jaan opens on November 13th. Happy Birthday!
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Yet another April birthday! No, not Taylor Kitsch’s. His birthday was April 8th. Today is a very special birthday for my friend, so Taylor Kitsch is my birthday present to her. I’m sure she’d rather have the real thing, but this is the best I can manage!
Taylor Kitsch (click to see full-size)
Today is Hadley Fraser’s birthday. Currently playing Javert in Les Misérables, this West End performer is about to take a quick break from the stage to appear in the movie version of Les Mis. (He’s playing the army officer who calls out to the student revolutionaries, “You at the barricades, listen to this! No one is coming to help you to fight!” and all that.) My friend and guest blogger extraordinaire, Scolytinae, has written this fine tribute to Mr. Fraser, in honor of his special day:
Happy Birthday, Hadley – the Metal Monkey
According to the Chinese, people born under the Year of the Monkey are good at mastering anything they put their hands to and are highly successful. Those born during the period of the Metal Monkey are motivated by constancy, are self reliant and stylish, and have a good memory. Quite an accurate description of the lovely Mr. Hadley Fraser, who is, by anyone’s standards, having an amazing year. From a triumphant return to the West End in Les Misérables, the show that marked his professional debut 10 years ago, to a stunning performance in The Phantom of the Opera 25th Anniversary, Hadley hasn’t stopped working. He has filming for the Les Misérables movie still to come next month. But it’s not been all high profile public performances. In his quiet and unassuming manner, Hadley has also lent his support to charity by taking part in Les Mis Gives, performed shows and cabarets alongside friends and colleagues and, most recently, lent his magnificent voice to the concept album for the prospective new musical The In-Between by new young writer Laura Tisdall—all fitted round a demanding 8 show a week schedule as Inspector Javert, without fuss or fanfares.
He may disagree, but I feel he lives and breathes music in all its many and varied forms. Yes he can (and does) belt out a West End show stopper onstage, but just listen to him perform some of his own beautiful compositions for Sheytoons, or deliver the beautiful ballads of friend Scott Alan, and you begin to appreciate the depth of talent he has. Acting, singing, arranging, writing—he seems to epitomise that monkey by indeed mastering anything he puts his hand to.
As his year in the West End nears its end—his last performance is on 16th June 2012—I can’t help but wonder, what’s next for Hadley? Whatever it may be, rest assured he will have an army of dedicated fans wishing him all the best as he embarks on the next phase of an amazing career.
So it’s with the greatest of pleasure that I say “Thank you” and “Happy Birthday, Mr Fraser!” Enjoy your day, because you certainly deserve the very best that life has to offer.
Thank you, Scolytinae, I couldn’t have said it more eloquently. I too wish Hadley Fraser a great birthday. May the cake flow, and save me slice of champagne! (Perhaps we shouldn’t have started celebrating so early…)
I love Constance Talmadge, the silent film star who was born on this day in 1898. I’ve only seen her in one full length movie—D.W. Griffith’s Intolerance. Her performance as Mountain Girl is so fresh, so modern, so fun. You sure can’t say that about the rest of the film! I first encountered the Talmadge sisters when I was reading books about Buster Keaton, at the beginning of my love affair with silent film (A Silent Scream). Buster Keaton married Natalie Talmadge, middle sister to Constance and Norma. Having the Talmadges for in-laws was no picnic for Keaton! I was surprised to find Constance so delightful onscreen, after the stories I’d read about these formidable ladies.
Constance Talmadge was a fair-haired comedienne, unlike her older sister Norma, a brunette known for serious roles. In spite of the 83 film credits listed at IMDb, very few of Constance’s movies are available for viewing, if they exist at all. I’m aware of only five on DVD: Intolerance, The Primitive Lover, Her Night of Romance, Her Sister From Paris, and The Duchess of Buffalo. A few of her shorts are included in DVD anthologies, like The Matrimaniac with Douglas Fairbanks. I keep hoping that a title sitting in some archive will be restored for the San Francisco Silent Film Festival. (The festival needs more comedies!) Constance Talmadge retired from films when sound was introduced. She died in 1973 at the age of 75.
Happy Birthday, Dutch!
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Chuck Connors was born on this day in 1921. He starred in my favorite TV western, The Rifleman, with Johnny Crawford and Paul Fix. Connors passed away in 1992, but The Rifleman and the character he created are as popular as ever. There’s even a reboot of the show in development, but Connors left some awfully big shoes to fill. For his fans, Chuck Connors will always be the definitive Lucas McCain.
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I’m a city girl, but I love farm animals. I’m thinking of my friends Rob and Kathy today, because it’s Rob’s birthday. When I used to visit them in Suffolk, they would drive me around the countryside so I could photograph sheep, cows, horses, and yes, even enlightened goats.
Happy Birthday, Rob!
(I named this sequence “Zen Goat” many years ago, when I was studying eastern spirituality. I don’t know, maybe it’s really more Taoist. What do you think?)
I’ve been under the weather this month, and I managed to overlook Sal Mineo’s birthday on January 1oth. He would have been 73 this year. My friend has promised to send me the latest biography on Mineo when she’s finished reading it. For Christmas, she sent me some of the postcards that came with the book, and here’s my favorite:
I may have forgotten his birthday, but I’ll never forget his performances, or the impact he had on me when I first discovered him as a young teen. Happy Birthday, Sal.