After scoring major indie film awards last year with "The Wrestler," director/writer Darren Aronofsky announced a different project called "The Fighter."
Originally designed as a starring vehicle for Matt Damon and Mark Wahlberg, the film looked like it would fall short of being a real contender. After suffering through financial and script problems, Damon withdrew. Rumours of Brad Pitt taking over the role proved unfounded.
Earlier this year, Aronofsky walked away from the project. David O. Russell ("Three Kings," "I Heart Huckabees") has coached "The Fighter" into reality, reteaming with Wahlberg in bringing the life of Boston's own "Irish" Micky Ward to the screen. Christian Bale harrowingly reinvents his physical self to portray Ward's trainer-turned-addict Dickie Eklund. Amy Adams as Ward's love interest.
"The Fighter" is set for release in 2010.
Diamond is the world's hardest substance.
The largest gem-quality diamond in the world is the Cullinan Diamond, found in 1905 at the Premier Diamond Mining Company in South Africa.
In rough-cut form, the Cullinan Diamond weighed 3,106 carats.
It has been cut into 9 large stones and over 100 smaller ones, some of which are among the British Crown Jewels.
Peter O'Toole - an Irish actor of stage and screen who achieved stardom in 1962 playing T. E. Lawrence in Lawrence of Arabia.
He went on to become a highly-honored film and stage actor. He has been nominated for eight Academy Awards, and holds the record for most competitive Academy Award acting nominations without a win.
He has won four Golden Globes, a BAFTA, an Emmy, and was the recipient of an Honorary Academy Award in 2003 for his body of work. Along with his friends Richard Burton, Richard Harris and Laurence Olivier he is regarded as one of the greatest actors of all time.
1988 - Scarlett Pomers - an American actress who works in television, film, theatre and music. Her most recognizable roles have been as Naomi Wildman on Star Trek: Voyager (1998-2001) and Kyra Hart on the television series Reba (2001-2007).
1984 - Trey Songz - an American recording artist, producer and actor. He has released three studio albums: I Gotta Make It,Trey Day and Ready.
1984 - Actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Gwen Grayson of Disney's 2005 Sky High, is born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina
1959 - Judd Nelson - an American actor best known for his roles as John Bender in The Breakfast Club, Alec Newbary in St. Elmo's Fire and Jack Richmond in Suddenly Susan.
1950 - Ed Harris - an American actor, writer and director, known for his performances in Appaloosa, Creepshow, The Rock, The Right Stuff, Enemy at the Gates, The Abyss, Glengarry Glen Ross, Apollo 13, Pollock,A Beautiful Mind, National Treasure: Book of Secrets, The Hours, Milk Money, and The Truman Show, among many others.
1949 - Paul Shaffer - a Canadian musician, actor, voice actor, author, comedian, and composer. Currently, he is the bandleader and sidekick on the Late Show with David Letterman. His memoir, We'll Be Here For the Rest of Our Lives: A Swingin' Show-biz Saga was published by Flying Dolphin Press on October 6, 2009.
1948 - Beeb Birtles - Australian musician: guitar: most famous as one of the founding members of the Little River Band.: It’s a Long Way There, Help is on Its Way,Reminiscing, Lady, Lonesome Loser, Take It Easy on Me
1933 - Hope Lange Emmy Award-winning actress: The Ghost and Mrs. Muir [1968-1969, 1969-1970]; Bus Stop, Peyton Place, The Young Lions, Wild in the Country,Pocketful of Miracles, That Certain Summer;
1929 - Berry Gordy Jr. - pursued a career as a boxer and served in the U.S. Army before returning to Detroit where he opened his own record store and produced recordings of his own songs. In 1959 he founded the Motown Record Corporation, which scored its first gold record with Smokey Robinson's "Shop Around" the next year. Many of Motown's early hit-makers hailed from Detroit, including the Supremes, the Four Tops, the Temptations, and Martha and the Vandellas. Other artists included Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, and the Jackson Five. The "Motown sound" became highly popular nationwide, and Motown Records quickly became one of the most influential companies in the business.
2002 – Daniel Radcliffe,Emma Watson and Rupert Grint star in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets starts screening in Australia. Harry ignores warnings not to return to Hogwarts, only to find the school plagued by a series of mysterious attacks and a strange voice haunting him.
2000 - Madonna takes her "Music" to London's 3,500-capacity Brixton Academy for her first U.K. performance in seven years. Playing to an audience comprised of contest winners, guests, and celebrities including Sting and members of the Spice Girls, Madonna plays a half-hour set made up of five tracks from her new "Music" album and the vintage hit "Holiday."
1999 - Steps went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Steptacular.'
1999 - Cliff Richard started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Millennium Prayer', despite the record being boycotted by most radio stations. It became Cliff's 14th UK No.1.
1996 – Starring Patrick Stewart, Jonathon Frakes and Levar Burton,Star Trek: First Contact commenced screening in Australia. Capt. Picard and his crew pursue the Borg back in time to stop them from preventing Earth from initiating first contact with alien life
1995 – Brian Eno gives a speech at the awarding of the Turner Prize for art in London. “The making of new culture is England’s only growth industry aside from heritage,” he muses. “Instead of creating controversy by raising questions, trying to answer a few might not be such a bad idea.”
1992 - Whitney Houston started a record-breaking fourteen-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'I Will Always Love You', taken from the 'Bodyguard' soundtrack. The song was written by Dolly Parton.
1989 - Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci arrived in New York after escaping her homeland through Hungary.
1988 - Picasso’s Acrobat and Young Harlequin brought £21 million at Christie’s in London. The painting was one of many that Adolf Hitler had sold in 1939 to ‘cleanse’ Germany of the disturbing images created by painters such as Pablo Picasso and Marc Chagall.
1987 - REM had their first entry in the Top 10 on the US singles chart with ‘The One I Love.’
1987 - Rick Astley went to No.1 on the UK album chart with his debut LP 'When You Need Somebody.'
1987 - Taken from the film 'Dirty Dancing', the Jennifer Warnes' duet with Bill Medley '(I've Had) The Time Of My Life', went to No.1 on the US singles chart.
1982 - "Pirates of Penzance" closes at Uris Theater New York City after 772 performances
1980 – Smokey and the Bandit II opened in Australia starring Burt Reynolds,Sally Field and Jackie Gleeson. The Bandit goes on another cross-country run, transporting an elephant from Florida to Texas. And, once again, Sheriff Buford T. Justice is on his tail.
1979 - 257 people are killed when an Air New Zealand sightseeing flight crashes into Mount Erebus, Antarctica.
1974 - John Lennon appeared in concert for the last time -- at NYC’s Madison Square Garden. Lennon joined Elton John to sing Whatever Gets You Through the Night and I Saw Her Standing There.
1970 - Bob Dylan went to No.1 on the UK chart with the album 'New Morning'.
1966 - Several gold records are certified this day. The Righteous Brothers get one for their album "Soul and Inspiration." The Monkees earn their third gold record for "I'm a Believer," which will be Number One for seven weeks. And a gold record goes to the New Vaudeville band for their '20s style novelty song, "Winchester Cathedral."
1964 - The Shangri-Las went to No.1 on the US singles chart with the 'teen death song', 'Leader Of The Pack', it peaked at No.11 in the UK.
1960 - Elvis Presley started a six week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Are You Lonesome Tonight', his third US No.1 of 1960. The single included a spoken passage loosely based on Shakespeare.
1956 - Holding the #1 spot on the music charts: Guy Mitchell singing Singing the Blues. The song remained at the top of the Hit Parade for 10 weeks. Ray Conniff whistled the intro to Singing the Blues.
1954 - Winifred Atwell was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Let's Have Another Party.' Atwell was the first black artist to reach No.1 in the UK and the first black artist to sell a million records.
1953 - New York City began 11 days without newspapers when a strike of photoengravers shut down publication. The good news: Sales increased for magazines and paperback books
1944 - The MGM movie musical "Meet Me in St. Louis," starring Judy Garland opened in New York.
1943 - President Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin met in Tehran during World War II
1932 - The 'Dog on the Tuckerbox' statue at Gundagai, New South Wales, Australia is unveiled.
1925 - The Grand Ole Opry opens, Nashville, Tennessee.
1922 - First U.S. skywriting: Royal Air Force Capt. Cyril Turner writes "Hello, U.S.A. Call Vanderbilt 7200" 10,000 feet above Times Square in New York City. The half-mile-high letters generated 47,000 calls in 2½ hours.
1907 - Boston scrap-metal dealer Louis B. Mayer purchases a small rundown movie theatre in Haverhill, Massachusetts. (Within a few years, he will own the largest theatre chain in New England and begin distributing films. In 1917, he will start his own production company, which, through a series of mergers, will become part of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer or MGM.
1905 - Sinn Fein (Gaelic for "we ourselves"), a political party dedicated to independence for all of Ireland, was founded in Dublin by Irish nationalist Arthur Griffith.
1895 - The first automobile race in America began, as six cars traveled from Jackson Park in Chicago to Waukegan, Illinois. J. Frank Duryea was the winner, traveling at a blazing speed of 7 and 1/2 miles per hour! It took him 7 hrs. 53 minutes to make the trek (bathroom stops not included). He won $2,000 for the effort.
Neve Campbell tells Black Book Magazine that she's "pretty sure at this stage that Wes [Craven] is back on board to direct" a fourth "Scream".
About her co-stars, David Arquette and Courteney Cox, from the original trilogy – Neve said "I haven't spoken to them in a while. I'm sure it took a while to convince them to take part [in the picture], especially because they're now a very happy family, and of course, it was a long journey for them. I think it's going to be a lot of fun, and a lot like going back to summer camp."
The script hasn’t been seen yet - "No. Not yet. They had to wait for us all to sign on. I suppose that’s the way these days."
Shooting is scheduled to start in mid-April.
The Leaning Tower of Pisa, an eight-story, 185-foot bell tower in Pisa, Italy, was begun in 1173 and completed in 1350.
From the beginning, the tower leaned because of the way the foundation settled.
Throughout the building of the tower, architects and engineers tried to straighten it out and compensate for the lean.
Before the tower had a major renovation between 1990 and 2001, its lean had reached about 15 feet from the perpendicular, having continued to increase by about one-twentieth of an inch per year.
In 1990 the tower was closed and the bells silenced as engineers undertook a major straightening project. Earth was siphoned from underneath the foundations, decreasing the lean by 17 inches to 13.5 feet; engineers predicted it would take 300 years for the structure to return to its 1990 position.
Tom Jones OBE - a Welsh singer. Since 1965, Jones has sold over 100 million records.
"It's Not Unusual," was an instant hit, released in early 1965. The BBC initially refused to play it, but an offshore pirate station, Radio Caroline, picked it up. Its orchestrated arrangement, coupled with Jones' energetic delivery, proved infectious, and by March the song reached number one in the UK and the top ten in America.
In the same year, Jones sang the theme song to the James Bond film Thunderball. Jones was awarded the Grammy Award for Best New Artist for 1965.
In 1966 Jones' popularity began to slip somewhat with the singer's image redesigned into a more respectable, mature, tuxedoed crooner.
1976 - Jaleel White - an American actor and screenwriter best known for his role as Steve Urkel/Stefan Urquelle on the 1990s sitcom Family Matters. White also voiced the character of Sonic the Hedgehog and other characters for Sonic the Hedgehog media.
1942 – Jimi Hendrix - an American guitarist, singer and songwriter. He is often considered to be the greatest electric guitarist in the history of rock music by other musicians and commentators in the industry and one of the most important and influential musicians of his era across a range of genres. After initial success in Europe, he achieved fame in the United States following his 1967 performance at the Monterey Pop Festival. Later, Hendrix headlined the iconic 1969 Woodstock Festival and the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival.
1940 - Bruce Lee - the granddaddy of high-kicking, fist-fighting movie martial artists. He got his start in America as Kato, the sidekick in the jokey 1960's TV series Later he went to Hong Kong and more or less founded the institution of kung fu movies. Wiry and charismatic, Lee reached a pinnacle in 1973 with The Green Hornet.Enter The Dragon. His untimely death before the film's release helped make him an enduring cult figure. Other films include Way of the Dragon (1972), The Big Boss (1971) and Marlowe (1969, with James Garner).
2003 – Billboard reports that the Rolling Stones’ Licks tour was the second highest grossing tour of all time, beaten out only by their Voodoo Lounge jaunt in 1994-1995. The 116 Licks shows made a total of $300 million.
1999 - The left-wing Labour Party takes control of the New Zealand government with leader Helen Clark becoming the first elected female Prime Minister in New Zealand's history.
1995 - "One Sweet Day," Mariah Carey's duet with Boyz II Men enters the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart at No. 1. Carey becomes the first recording artist in history to have two consecutive singles debut at No. 1 following ``Fantasy,'' also from her No. 1 album "Daydream."
1989 - Stevie Wonder joins Paul McCartney onstage at Paul's Los Angeles concert to sing "Ebony And Ivory" together.
1988 - Cliff Richard enters UK chart with 'Mistletoe and Wine'
1982 - 'The Singles The First Ten Years' went to No.1 on the UK album chart giving Abba their 8th UK No.1 album.
1980 – The Blue Lagoon starring Brooke Shields and Christopher Atkins starts screening in Australia. A story of natural love. Two children shipwrecked alone on a tropical island. Nature is kind. They thrive on the bounty of jungle and lagoon. The boy grows tall. The girl beautiful. They swim naked over coral reefs. They run in a cathedral of trees. And the warm winds, the tropic moon, the silk sand conspire to enchant them. When their love happens, it is natural as the sea, and as powerful. Love as nature intended to be
1978 - San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and City Supervisor Harvey Milk, a gay-rights activist, were shot to death inside City Hall by Dan White, a former supervisor.
1977 - It was a big day for sweat hog Vinnie Barbarino, formerly of TV’s "Welcome Back Kotter". His new character, Tony Manero, set box office records as "Saturday Night Fever" made a superstar of John Travolta. The soundtrack album, by the Bee Gees and others, sold more than 11 million copies.
1977 - "Comedy with Music (Victor Borge)" closes at Imperial New York after 66 performances.
1974 - Another novelty song becomes a Number One hit in 1974, Carl Douglas' "Kung Fu Fighting," which turns gold on this date. He tries a follow-up with "Dance the Kung Fu." Some accuse him of lacking imagination.
1973 – UK No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Top of the World,” Carpenters. Richard Carpenter writes the song with John Bettis, who also writes the lyrics for such Carpenter hits as “Goodbye to Love” and “Yesterday Once More.”
1971 - Beach Boys' 'Surf's Up' LP enters UK chart
1971 – The Soviet space program's Mars 2 orbiter releases a descent module. It malfunctions and crashes, but it is the first man-made object to reach the surface of Mars.
1970 - George Harrison released All Things Must Pass. The triple album included a number of songs that were left over from Beatle sessions, the set would go on to be certified 6x Platinum by the RIAA, making it the best selling album by a solo Beatle.
1967 - Capitol Records releases the Beatles' "Magical Mystery Tour" album in the U.S. One side contains the songs from the movie of the same name, ("I Am the Walrus," "Fool on the Hill," "Blue Jay Way," & "Your Mother Should Know") The other side features singles previously unavailable on a long player ("Penny Lane," "Strawberry Fields Forever," "Hello Goodbye," "Baby You're A Rich Man," & "All You Need Is Love") On December 8, EMI will release a double-EP containing only the songs from the film. Both the American LP and the British EP are big sellers, the film however, is not.
1966 - The New Vaudeville Band were at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Winchester Cathedral', it made No.4 in the UK.
1965 - Herb Alpert's Tijuana Brass went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'Whipped Cream & Other Delights'.
1965 - The Lovin' Spoonful's "You Didn't Have To Be So Nice" is released.
1959 - Cliff Richard's second film (featuring, among other songs, 'A Voice in the Wilderness') has its UK premiere. The title is 'Expresso Bongo'
1937 - The final cels for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs are painted as the film's grand premiere is less than a month away.
1928 - Marjorie Joyner received a patent for a hair wave machine. Her permanent hair wave machine, U.S. Patent # 1,693,515, could wave the hair of both white and black people.
1914 - First British woman police officers: Mary Allen and E.F. Harburn begin patrolling in Grantham, Lincolnshire.
1895 - Alfred Nobel draws up his last will and testament, pledging his enormous wealth toward the betterment of humanity.
1889 - Curtis P. Brady was issued the first permit to drive an automobile through Central Park in New York City. Mr. Brady had to pledge to New York’s finest that he would not frighten the horses in the park.