I want to wish the amazing Judi Dench a very lovely 83rd birthday. For years she has been a compelling presence on screen; projecting dignity, control and steel in all she does. Plus, you’ve got to love that mellifluous voice of hers. So here’s to the wonderful Dame and all she represents. You are much loved.
The sublime Viola Davis turns 52 today. Over the last few years, she has really caught my eye with her grace, humanity and power on screen. She’s truly an outstanding actress of depth and range. Every time I see her, I just know she will be on point and deliver a beautiful performance. So my best birthday wishes to the fabulous Viola Davis. Long may you continue to impress us with your work.
A quintessential tough guy on the screen and all around talent, Clint Eastwood has been acting and directing since before many of us can remember. And with him turning 87 today, I thought it good to pay tribute to him. If you’re talking about work ethic, Eastwood’s is pretty enviable as he’s still going strong. There’s a tenacity to Clint Eastwood, in both his acting and directing, he goes for projects that challenge him. And of course, he’s one bad ass dude too in many of his roles. A talented craftsman and icon, Happy Birthday Clint.
The masterful and iconic Francis Ford Coppola turns 78 today. Over the years, he has given us so many incredible movies. I admire his vision and ambition in doing the movies he’s passionate about, particularly ones that were tough to make. I can’t wax lyrical enough about Coppola’s skills as a director. His output of late hasn’t been as prolific, but with credits like his, his legacy is pretty much guaranteed. So Happy Birthday Francis Ford Coppola, you are a true inspiration.
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.
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.