This Date In Movie History: December 17th

December 17th, what more can I say? Maybe it’s because it’s near the end of the year, but there’s all kinds of good stuff about December 17th.

First, the birthdays:

Milla Jovovich, the first lady of zombie movies, was born in Kiev, Ukraine in 1975

Giovanni Ribisi, whose father’s name is Gay, was born in 1974

Writer/director/producer/editor/cinematographer Gregg Araki was born in 1959

Rhode Island-obsessed director Peter Farrelly was born in 1956

Penthouse magazine founder Bob Guccione was born in 1930

Prolific supporting-actor Ernie Hudson was born in 1945

Cherokee actor Wes Studi was born in 1947

Bill Pullman, who is somehow often confused with Bill Paxton, was born in 1953

There were a slew of older movies released on this date that [...]

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Public Domain Movie Of The Week: Beat The Devil

This week’s movie is Beat the Devil. When you look at the credits, it might be hard to understand why it’s not more famous: directed by John Huston, written by Truman Capote, starring Humphrey Bogat, Jennifer Jones, Peter Lorre, Gina Lollobrigida, and Robert Morley. [...]

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Public Domain Movie Of The Week: His Girl Friday

For the inaugural edition of Public Domain Movie of the Week, what better choice than His Girl Friday? Directed by the legendary Howard Hawks and starring Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell, it is a classic, some would say the classic, screwball comedy. [...]

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Where Do They Reimagine This Stuff?

Variety offers up all the gory details of a Moby Dick remake or adaptation or what have you. Yes, the “graphic novel-style version” of Moby Dick, now in movie form! That’s right, the tale of man’s futile obsession with conquering nature will be turned into a story of a crazed whale and the heroic captain that harpooned it’s ass. [...]

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5 Incredible Debuts For Actors Turned Director

There are many reasons an actor may decide to step behind the lens. Maybe they’re a control freak or a raging egomaniac that can’t stand someone else telling them what to do. They might get the whole movie thing but can’t even believably play dead. Or maybe it’s just something they’ve always wanted to try. Once in a while they come up with something unique that stands out from the crowd. [...]

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