06-11 Happy birthday to Peter Dinklage, Born: June 11, 1969.
Peter Hayden Dinklage is an American actor. Since his breakout role in The Station Agent (2003), he starred in many films, such as Elf (2003), Find Me Guilty (2006), Underdog (2007), the British film Death at a Funeral (2007) with its American remake of the same name (2010), The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008), A Little Bit of Heaven (2011), Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012), Knights of Badassdom (2013), and as Bolivar Trask in X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014). He also voices Ghost in the video game Destiny (2014).
Since 2011, Dinklage has played Tyrion Lannister in the HBO series Game of Thrones, earning him international attention and acclaim. He won an Emmy and a Golden Globe Award for Supporting Actor in 2011, as well as consecutive Primetime Emmy nominations for the role from 2012 to 2014.
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04-24 Happy birthday to Richard Donner, Born: April 24, 1930.
Richard Donner is an American film director, comic book writer and film producer. After directing the horror film The Omen (1976), Donner became famous for the hailed creation of the first modern superhero film, Superman (1978), starring Christopher Reeve.
In TV, he has directed episodes of Perry Mason, The Twilight Zone and Get Smart.
Donner later went on to direct such films as The Goonies (1985) and Scrooged (1988), while reinvigorating the buddy film genre with Lethal Weapon (1987) and its sequels. He and his wife, producer Lauren Shuler Donner, own the production company The Donners’ Company, which is most well known for producing the X-Men film series. In 2000, he received the President’s Award from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films. He was also nominated for Best Director in 1978 for Superman. Film historian Michael Barson writes that Donner had “emerged as one of Hollywood’s most reliable makers of action blockbusters”
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04-02 Happy birthday to Michael Fassbender, Born: April 2, 1977.
Michael Fassbender is a German–Irish actor of stage and screen whose career includes roles in both independent and blockbuster films.
His feature film debut was in the fantasy war epic 300 (2007) as a Spartan warrior; his earlier roles included various stage productions, as well as starring roles on television such as in the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers (2001) and the Sky One fantasy drama Hex (2004–05). He first came to prominence for his biographical role as IRA activist Bobby Sands in the historical drama Hunger (2008), for which he won a British Independent Film Award for Best Actor. Subsequent roles included the independent film Fish Tank (2009), earning his second BIFA nomination; as a Royal Marines lieutenant in the Quentin Tarantino war film Inglourious Basterds (2009); as Edward Rochester in the 2011 film adaptation of Jane Eyre; as psychiatry innovator Carl Jung in historical drama A Dangerous Method (2011); as a sentient android in the Ridley Scott science fiction film Prometheus (2012); and in the musical comedy-drama Frank (2014) as an eccentric musician loosely inspired by Frank Sidebottom.
In 2011, Fassbender debuted as the Marvel antihero Magneto in the prequel X-Men: First Class; he would go on to share the role with Ian McKellen in X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014). Also in 2011, Fassbender’s performance as a sex addict in Shame received critical acclaim. He won the Volpi Cup for Best Actor at the Venice Film Festival and was nominated for Golden Globe and BAFTA Awards. In 2013, his role as slave owner Edwin Epps in slavery epic 12 Years a Slave was similarly praised, earning him his first Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. 12 Years a Slave marked Fassbender’s third collaboration with Steve McQueen, who also directed Hunger and Shame. In 2013, Fassbender appeared in another Ridley Scott film, The Counselor. In 2015, he portrayed Steve Jobs in the Danny Boyle-directed biopic of the same name, and played Macbeth in Justin Kurzel’s adaptation of William Shakespeare’s play. For the former, he has received Academy Award, BAFTA, Golden Globe and SAG nominations for Best Actor. As well as acting, Fassbender produced the 2015 western Slow West which he also starred in.
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02-12 Happy birthday to Michael Ironside, Born: February 12, 1950.
Michael Ironside is a Canadian actor. He has also worked as a voice actor, producer, film director, and screenwriter in movie and television series in various Canadian and American productions. He is best known for playing villains and “tough guy” heroes, though he has also portrayed sympathetic characters.
Michael Ironside specializes in playing villains and tough-guys. One of his first roles was a memorable turn as evil telepath Darryl Revok in Scanners (1981), an early film by David Cronenberg. He played the role of a serial killer (Colt Hawker) in a 1982 slasher film directed by Jean-Claude Lord called Visiting Hours. He appeared as “Miler Crane” in The A-Team episode “Taxicab Wars” (1983). His breakthrough role was as cynical anti-hero Ham Tyler in the television miniseries V: The Final Battle (1984). He is also known for his roles in Top Gun (1986) as Naval Aviator Lieutenant Commander Rick ‘Jester’ Heatherly, Extreme Prejudice (1987) as Major Paul Hackett, Watchers (1988) as a conscience-free mutant assassin, and Total Recall (1990) as Richter (the murderous henchman of Ronny Cox’s villain Cohaagen). Ironside played the villainous General Katana in the science fiction sequel Highlander II: The Quickening (1991) and, after a brief stint in ER’s inaugural season, he was tapped to replace Roy Scheider as captain of the high-tech submarine seaQuest in the third season of seaQuest DSV as Captain Oliver Hudson. However, NBC canceled the series after only thirteen episodes with Ironside as the star. In 1992, he starred as M. Emmet Walsh’s brother in David Winning’s thriller Killer Image. In 1997, Ironside was reunited with Total Recall director Paul Verhoeven for Starship Troopers. He appeared in The Perfect Storm (2000) and The Machinist (2004). He starred in the movie Chaindance as a small time crook, unable to make it on the outside, who was paired up with a handicapped man. Ironside recently starred as Resistance General Ashdown in Terminator Salvation, reunited with his co-star from The Machinist, Christian Bale.
Ironside has also been recognized for his voice acting. He played comic book villain Darkseid in Superman: The Animated Series and its sequel, Justice League to great accolade. In one episode of The New Batman Adventures, he played Batman in a Batman: The Dark Knight Returns sequence. Another part he played in the DC Comics universe was Lois Lane’s father, General Sam Lane in three episodes of Smallville.
He has worked in video games as the voice of Tom Clancy’s character Sam Fisher in the Splinter Cell games and is cast as the Global Defense Initiative’s Lieutenant General Jack Granger in Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars. Ironside signed a 5-year deal to portray Captain Jonas Trager in the SpaceWorks Television science fiction series, Ice Planet but the show was not produced.
In 2009, he starred in The Beacon under the direction of Michael Stokes.
In 2010, Ironside guest starred in Season 4, Episode 1 (“Friends and Enemies”) of Burn Notice.
In 2011, Ironside appeared in the film: X-Men: First Class, playing the Captain of the 7th Fleet. He appeared in Justified playing a supporting role as a Detroit hitman the following year. He also voiced the role of Ultra Magnus in season 3 of the Transformers Prime Beast Hunters television series in 2013.
Ironside appeared in Walker, Texas Ranger as “The Chairman” whose plan was to eliminate high level agencies such as the FBI, Texas Rangers, etc.
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Fox has officially ordered the pilot for an unnamed TV Series set in the X-Men universe.
The show will focus on two ordinary parents who discover their child has mutant powers. As a result, they are forced to join up with a network of mutants to escape hostile government organizations.
Matt Nix, known for creating Burn Notice, is set to write and executive produce the show. This will be the second Fox show set in an X-Men universe. The first one is Legion, which will air on February 8.
However, while Legion takes place in an alternate X-Men universe where mutants aren’t known to exist, this new show might tie-in closer with the main X-Men cinematic universe. At the very least, from the sounds of the plot summary it won’t be set in the same universe as Legion, since mutants seem to be a known thing.
X-Men movie veterans Bryan Singer, Lauren Shuler Donner and Simon Kinberg will be executive producers on the new series. Both Marvel Television and 20th Century Fox will be producing the new series as well.
The time of a post-apocalyptic future filled with mutant hunting sentinels is almost upon us, thanks to the highly anticipated X-Men: Days of Future Past.
In preparation, Fox has released a new, action-packed clip from the opening of the film
X-Men: Days of Future Past opens in theaters May 23rd.