After so many famous deaths this year, I need something to cheer me up. Thankfully, today is the 82nd birthday of the amazing Maggie Smith. The iconic dame has been in the movie business for over 60 years and is still going strong. She is the definition of a scene stealer, owning the screen whenever she graces it. At least she is still with us and her talents are still being put to good use. Happy Birthday Maggie Smith, you are a true treasure.
Today is the 39th birthday of Matt Bomer. I really like this guy as an actor. He was exceptional as the smooth cool cat in White Collar. And in interviews he appears to not take himself to seriously either. He has impressed me with his choice in roles lately and long may that continue. And I’m not afraid to say I have a man crush on the guy. So Happy Birthday Matt.
It’s probably no surprise to anyone who regularly reads my blog that I’m doing this post. After all I have reviewed many movies starring Jennifer Lopez and spoke about how gorgeous she is. So it seemed right to do a post wishing her a happy birthday. She was one of the first crushes I ever had and that continues to this day. Jennifer Lopez turns 47 today and is going as strong as ever with both her music and movie career. Happy Birthday Jennifer Lopez.
The oh so talented and superb Meryl Streep turns 67 today and what a career she has had, and still has as she continues to make stellar movies. I think its well established by now that she is one of the most gifted and engaging actresses on the planet. I mean just looking through her filmography speaks for itself showing her versatility and strength. I mean is there anything Meryl Streep can’t do? She’s done drama, comedy and even action. She is a master of burying herself into the roles she chooses and a dab hand at essaying a variety of accents. When I see Streep on the screen, she delivers every time without fail. It is impossible not to be impressed and bowled over by her commitment to the roles she takes and how she so embodies the parts seamlessly So I wish her a glorious birthday and want to say how wonderful it is to watch her on screen.
Today is the day in which we honour and give thanks to the fathers of the world. I myself am lucky to have a great dad who I respect and love. The importance of today had me thinking about how fatherhood is portrayed on screen. And so I ask everyone, who are the best fathers or father figures to grace the cinema and television screens? Its a question that I think will be received with many diverse answers. And once again, Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there.
The wonderfully talented and beautiful Natalie Portman turns 35 today and I want to wish her a happy birthday. There is something about Natalie Portman that is hard to not like; she just has a lot of charisma and a hell of a lot of talent. Bursting onto the scene at the age of 12 with her role in Leon, Portman showcased a startling maturity. This depth has translated well to her later roles and is one of the reasons I love her so much as an actress. She really gets into the character and can say so much without the use of dialogue, her dark eyes can convey more than many can in a long monologue. She has truly grown before our eyes into a fully-fledged star, who chooses her films wisely and is always up for a challenge or two. With Natalie Portman, I just know she will deliver a fine performance and looking through her credits she most certainly does. What an amazing actress she truly is!
Today marks the 47th birthday of the wonderfully luminous and ridiculously talented Cate Blanchett. I can’t stress enough how much she is one of my favourite actresses and how her presence on screen is reliably excellent. She is the most versatile performer, capable of completely disappearing into her roles and delivering stunning performance after stunning performance. And she does is with so much power and vigour, she is a force of nature and a stunning beauty. It is impossible to take your eyes off Blanchett with her statuesque frame, defined cheekbones and porcelain skin. She is a performer in every sense of the word who never fails to dazzle audiences and critics. So Happy Birthday Cate Blanchett; may you have so many more electrifying roles and performances in the future.
Today is the 33rd birthday of Henry Cavill. The guy is just so slick and after all he plays Superman. I like seeing his interviews because he has a good sense of humour and a self-deprecating wit. His movie choices are pretty good too, and he could be a good contender for the next James Bond in my book. His career is going from strength to strength at the minute. Happy Birthday Mr Cavill. I’m not afraid to admit I have a man crush on the guy either. And as I’m so kind, here are some gifs of the man.
A stunning international siren of beauty and talent, Monica Bellucci is the definition of a woman that will stop you in your tracks and today she turns 51. Yet there is a whole lot of talent and depth to her in her acting work that I think often goes unnoticed because of her stunning appearance. Her acting for me is all about shaded subtlety and nuance, she doesn’t need any big shouting scenes as she can say so much just with her face. Bellucci for me is just an all round personality, she has a sense of humour in interviews, her speaking voice is so mellifluous to listen to and she just exudes star quality. And I for one can’t wait to see her in the next Bond movie Spectre. So here is a photographic look at her wonderful career to celebrate her birthday.
Today marks the 81st birthday of the ever beautiful and very talented Sophia Loren. With her curvaceous figure, smouldering gaze and feline eyes, she is for my money one of the most beautiful people to grace the cinema screen. But her appeal goes beyond just her beauty, she is a very adept actress who has showcased her abilities in both comedy and drama. Here is a photo tribute to this icon of glamour and cinema.