Saturday, February 6, 2010





Russell Crowe is apparently the front-runner for the male lead in the latest remake of "A Star Is Born" over at Warner Bros. Pictures says The LA Times.

If formally offered and accepted, Crowe would play an alcoholic musician who mentors a rising female star and the pair begin a romance. The female role has yet to be cast but Beyonce Knowles is likely to star as the singer/actress has long been linked with the role.

Will Fetters is the most recent screenwriter attached to the project, which has seen numerous drafts. "The Notebook" director Nick Cassavetes recently entered talks to direct.

The film would mark the fourth film version of the property. Previous incarnations were released in 1937 with Janet Gaynor and Fredric March, 1954 with Judy Garland and James Mason, and 1976 with Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson.





Artist: Mungo Jerry
Song: In the Summertime
Year: 1970


Mungo Jerry is an English folk/classic rock group whose greatest success was in the early 1970s, though they have continued throughout the years with an ever-changing line-up, always fronted by Ray Dorset.

They are remembered above all for their hit "In the Summertime". It remains their most successful and most instantly recognisable song.


Their name was inspired by the poem Mungojerrie and Rumpelteazer, from T. S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats. According to Joseph Murrell's The Book of Golden Discs (1978), 'Mungomania' was possibly the most startling and unpredicted pop phenomenon to hit Britain since The Beatles.





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Michael Wilding was an English actor appeared in numerous British motion pictures, often opposite Anna Neagle, but had a less productive career in Hollywood. His screen performances include Sailors Three (1940), In Which We Serve (1942), Undercover (film) (1943), Piccadilly Incident (1946), Spring in Park Lane (1948), Stage Fright (1950) and The World of Suzie Wong (1960).

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His last appearance was in an uncredited, non-speaking cameo in Lady Caroline Lamb (1972), which co-starred his last wife, Margaret Leighton.

He also appeared on television, including the title role in the 1957 episode "The Trial of Colonel Blood" of NBC's anthology series, The Joseph Cotten Show.


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1988 - Bailey Hanks is an American singer, actress, and dancer best known for winning MTV's Legally Blonde - The Musical: The Search for Elle Woods  She performed on Broadway as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde: The Musical in 2008.

1986 - Alice Greczyn  is an American actress who starred in the 2006 NBC television series Windfall, playing the teenager Frankie Townsend. She has also played the part of Sage on the ABC family show Lincoln Heights. In 2008 she played Mandy on Privileged.


1981 - Calum Best  is a British/American former fashion model turned celebrity, and television personality.


1977 - Joshua Stewart is an American actor best known for his role as Holt McLaren in the FX TV series Dirt. He was also cast as Brendan Finney in the final season of the NBC TV series Third Watch.


1971 - Brian Stepanek  is an American actor  best known for his role as Arwin Hawkhauser in the Disney Channel Original Series The Suite Life of Zack & Cody. Other appearances include, CSI: Miami, Gandu Three Echo in the film The Island a Sector Seven Agent in Transformers, The West Wing, The Drew Carey Show, Murder By Numbers, NYPD Blue and JAG

1966 - Rick Astley is an English singer-songwriter and musician. He is best known for his 1987 hit single in 16 countries, "Never Gonna Give You Up". Astley holds the record for being the only male solo artist to have his first 8 singles reach the Top 10 in the UK  and has sold approximately 40 million records worldwide.

1950 - Natalie Cole is an American singer, songwriter and performer. She achieved success in her early career as an R&B star, but smoothly changed her repertoire toward a more pop and jazz oriented musical style in the early 1990s. She has won nine Grammy Awards.

1945- Bob Marley, Jamaican reggae singer. Music: I Shot The Sheriff (1972), Roots, Rock, Reggae (1976), and Jamming (1977).

1943 – Fabian is an American teen idol of the late 1950s and early 1960s who rose to national prominence after performing several times on American Bandstand. In total, he charted 11 hit singles on the Billboard Hot 100.


1939 - Mike Farrell  is an American actor, best known for his role as Captain B.J. Hunnicutt on the popular television series M*A*S*H (1975–83). More recently, Farrell was a producer of Patch Adams (1998) starring Robin Williams, and has starred on the television series Providence (1999–2002) and appeared as Milton Lang, the father of Victor Lang (John Slattery), husband of Gabrielle Solis (Eva Longoria Parker) on Desperate Housewives (2007–2008). He is also a prominent activist for politically progressive causes. He was seen in the tenth season episode "Persona" of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.


1931 - Mamie Van Doren is an American actress and sex symbol. Van Doren starred in several bad girl movies that later became cult films. She also appeared in some of the first movies to feature Rock & Roll music and became identified with this rebellious style, and made some rock records. In the film Untamed Youth in 1957, she was the first woman to sing rock and roll in a Hollywood musical (Eddie Cochran did the music for the film). This film was later featured in Mystery Science Theater 3000's "Untamed Youth" (1990).

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1922 - Patrick Macnee - an English actor, best known for his role as the secret agent John Steed in the series The Avengers.

1917 - Zsa Zsa Gabor also known as Sári Prinzessin von Anhalt, is a Hungarian-American actress, socialite and former beauty queen. Gabor has been married nine times. She was divorced seven times, and one marriage was annulled.

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1911 - Ronald  Reagan was the 40th President of the United States (1981–1989) and the 33rd Governor of California (1967–1975). Prior to his political career Reagan was also a famous motion picture actor and president of the Screen Actors Guild.


2009 - Neil Diamond is honored as the MusiCares Person of the Year by the charitable arm of the Grammy organization

2008 -  The Kite Runner starring Khalid Abdalla, Atossa Leoni and Shaun Toub starts screening in Australia. After spending years in California, Amir returns to his homeland in Afghanistan to help his old friend Hassan, whose son is in trouble.

2008 – Starring Jason Bateman, Jennifer Garner and Ellen Page, Juno commences screening in Australia. Faced with an unplanned pregnancy, an offbeat young woman makes an unusual decision regarding her unborn child.

2007 - An exhibition of Kylie Minogue's stage costumes, awards and accessories was launched in central London. The display at the Victoria and Albert Museum showed her changing image from 1987 onwards, from the dungarees she wore as Charlene in the Australian soap Neighbours and the gold hot pants she wore in her Spinning Around video.


2006 – A cover of Joseph Arthur’s “In the Sun” recorded by R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe as a digital EP becomes available via the iTunes Music Store. Proceeds from sales of the single benefit Mercy Corps’ efforts to rebuild New Orleans neighborhoods devastated by Hurricane Katrina.

2005 - Eminem was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Like Toy Soldiers', the rappers 6th No.1, taken from the album Encore. The track featured samples from 'Toy Soldiers' by Martika and '50 Ways to Leave Your Lover' by Paul Simon.

2005 - Athlete went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their second album ‘Tourist’. Kenny Chesney was at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Be As You Are.'


2003 - ABC's 20/20 airs the British documentary Living With Michael Jackson which raises some "disturbing" questions about the singer.

2003 - 50 Cent's debut album "Get Rich or Die Tryin'" was released

2002 - Celine Dion's "A New Day Has Come" was released for radio play. It was her first new song in two years.

2001- The leader of the right-wing Likud party, Ariel Sharon, has won a landslide victory to become the new prime minister of Israel

2000 - U.S. First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton formally declared that she was a candidate for a U.S. Senate seat from the state of New York.

1998 - U.S. President Bill Clinton signs a bill renaming Washington National Airport to Ronald Reagan National Airport.

1995 – Bob Marley’s backup singers, the I-Threes, reunite for a 50th Birthdays concert for the late reggae pioneer at the Bob Marley museum in Jamaica. Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers also perform.

1994 - US Chart Toppers -All for Love - Bryan Adams/Rod Stewart/Sting ; The Power of Love - Celine Dion ; The Sign - Ace Of Base ; I Swear - John Michael Montgomery

1994 - Chaka Demus and Pliers started a two week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Tease Me.'

1991 - Debris from the Soviet space station 'Salyut 7' fall into the Atlantic as it breaks

1989 – US Chart Toppers - When I’m with You – Sheriff; Straight Up - Paula Abdul; When the Children Cry - White Lion; What I’d Say - Earl Thomas Conley

1988 - What've I Done To Deserve This returns Dusty Springfield to US Hot 100 Top 10 (with Pet Shop Boys), nineteen years after her last Top 10 hit, Son of a Preacher Man.

1988 - Tiffany started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Could've Been', a No.4 hit in the UK. Tiffany had recorded the song 5 years ago when she was 13.

1987 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Open Your Heart,” Madonna. Songwriters Gardner Cole and Peter Rafelson originally called the song “Follow Your Heart.” 1977 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Torn Between Two Lovers,” Mary MacGregor. The artist says she hates the song and finds the situation in it “implausible.”

1987 - Joan Jett makes her acting debut, co-starring with Michael J. Fox in "Light Of Day."

1985 - US Chart Toppers - I Want to Know What Love Is - Foreigner ; Easy Lover - Philip Bailey with Phil Collins ; Careless Whisper - Wham! featuring George Michael ; A Place to Fall Apart - Merle Haggard (with Janie Frickie)

1985 - The noted French mineral water company, Perrier, debuted its first new product in 123 years. On grocery shelves and in trendy establishments, one could find water with a twist of lemon, lime or orange added to the well-established popular product line.

1982 - Van Halen's remake of Roy Orbinson's 1964 chart topper, "Oh, Pretty Woman," enters the Hot 100, where it will peak at #12, making it the band's biggest hit single thus far in their career.

1982 - The J Geils Band started a six week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Centrefold', the bands only US No.1. A No.3 hit in the UK. The bands album 'Freeze- Frame' started a four-week run at No.1 on the US album chart on the same day.

1982 - Kraftwerk were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'The Model / Computer Love', the first German act to score a UK No.1 single. The single spent 21 weeks on the UK chart.

1977 - Queen Elizabeth II marked her Silver Jubilee, the twenty-fifth anniversary of her accession to the Brittish Throne. Accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, the Queen then travelled some 56,000 miles to share the anniversary with her people.


1977 - Alain Prieur jumps his motorcycle 65 meter over 16 buses, near Paris

1976 - US Chart Toppers – 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover - Paul Simon ; Love to Love You Baby - Donna Summer ; You Sexy Thing - Hot Chocolate ; Sometimes - Bill Anderson & Mary Lou Turner

1976 - George Harrison releases "This Guitar (Can't Keep From Crying)"

1972 - Over 500,000 pieces of irate mail arrived at the mail room of CBS-TV, when word leaked out that an edited-for-TV version of the X-rated movie, "The Demand," would be shown.

1971 - NASA Astronaut Alan B. Shepard took a six-iron that he had stashed away inside his spacecraft and swung at three golf balls on the surface of the moon. Shepard whiffed the first swing, so, he got a ‘Mulligan’ on that one. The others were good, crisp shots that went, oh, a few hundred yards in the vacuum of space. Due to the bulkiness of his moonwalk suit, however, he didn’t quite get enough of a swing to launch the golf balls into orbit. But he did take a couple of divots. Boy, what he might have done with a driver or three-wood. Fore!


1970 – Led Zeppelin : Led Zeppelin 2 is the No. 1 UK LP Chart topper


1970 - John Lennon's "Instant Karma" with Yoko Ono's "Who Has Seen the Wind?" was released in the U.K.

1969 –Jerry Hermans’ "Dear World" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater New York City for 132 performances


1968 - The Xth Winter Olympic games opened in Grenoble, France. Some 18,000 people participated in the opening ceremonies as the games were dedicated by General Charles de Gaulle. Thousands of scented paper roses were dropped from helicopters against a background of five circles drawn in the sky by the smoke of parachutists. And Olympic flags were shot into the air by cannons.

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1967 - US Chart Toppers – I’m a Believer - The Monkees ; Georgy Girl - The Seekers ; Kind of a Drag - The Buckinghams ;There Goes My Everything - Jack Greene

1967 - Muhammad Ali retained his world heavyweight title and won the WBA heavyweight title with a 15-round decision over Ernest Terrell in the Houston Astrodome.

1965 - The Rolling Stones second album 'Rolling Stones No.2' started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK charts.


1965 - The Righteous Brothers started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with the Phil Spector produced 'You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'. The song was also No.1 in the UK for the duo (who were not related in any way).

1965 - Billboard publishes first Hot Rhythm & Blues singles chart, with Temptations' My Girl at No. 1.

1964 - The British and French Governments announce their commitment to build a tunnel under the English Channel.

1961 - Doo-Wop returns to US R&B chart as Capris score with There's a Moon out Tonight.

1959 - Indira Ghandi becomes the leader of India's Congress Party

1959 - At Cape Canaveral, Florida, the first successful test firing of a Titan intercontinental ballistic missile is accomplished.

1958 - US Chart Toppers - Don’t/I Beg of You - Elvis Presley ; Get a Job - The Silhouettes ; Sail Along Silvery Moon - Billy Vaughn ; Ballad of a Teenage Queen - Johnny Cash

1957 - The Del-Vikings' first and biggest hit, "Come Go with Me," debuts on the pop chart. In four weeks, it peaks at #5 while on the R&B chart, it hits #3.

1956 - University of Alabama refuses admission to Autherine Lucy (because he's black)

1956 - Chicago's Daily Defender, begins publishing

1949 - US Chart Toppers - A Little Bird Told Me - Evelyn Knight ; Far Away Places - Margaret Whiting ; Powder Your Face with Sunshine - Evelyn Knight ; I Love You So Much It Hurts - Jimmy Wakely

1949 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: ``That Lucky Old Sun,'' Frankie Laine.

1948 - The Goofy short The Big Wash, directed by Clyde Geronimi, is released. Circus employee Goofy must feed and wash the elephants

1943 - Frank Sinatra made his debut as vocalist on radio’s Your Hit Parade this night. Frankie had left the Tommy Dorsey Band just four months prior to beginning the radio program. He was described as, “...the biggest name in the business.”

1938 - The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences nominates the film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs for an Oscar Award in the category Music, Best Score.


1938 - The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences nominates the film The Old Mill for an Oscar Award in the category Short Subjects, Cartoons.

1937 - The Mickey Mouse film Magician Mickey is released to theaters. Donald Duck also appears.

1937 - K. Elizabeth Ohi became the first Japanese woman lawyer as she received her degree from John Marshall Law School in Chicago, IL.

1936 - Olympic Games: Winter Olympic Games - IV Olympic Winter Games open in Garmisch-


1935- Arthur Kneibler patented the men’s underwear brief. He got the idea looking at Frenchmen’s bathing suits on the Riviera and called them Jockey’

1935 - First election to allow women to vote in Turkey

1935- The board game Monopoly is announced by Parker Brothers. The prototype monopoly board was round oilcloth and had street names derived from Atlantic City NJ. It now is in the toy collection of Forbes Magazine in New York.

1933 - The highest recorded sea wave, 112 ft., heads from Manilla, Philippines to San Diego, Ca

1932 - Dog sled racing happened for the first time in Olympic competition. The demonstration program was presented by the United States and Canada.

1929 - Rudy Vallee and his orchestra recorded Deep Night (Victor disc #21868). It says in the fine print, under the artist’s name, that the tune was written by Vallee, himself

1928 - A woman claiming to be the youngest daughter of the murdered Czar of Russia arrives in America

1928 - Universal Pictures releases the Oswald the Lucky Rabbit film The Ol' Swimmin' 'Ole to theaters.

1922 - Cardinal Achille Ratti elected Pope Pius XI


1921 - "The Kid," starring Charlie Chaplin & Jackie Coogan, released 1936216485_b0af563faf 1918 - Britain grants women (30 & over) the vote

1891 - 1st great train robbery by Dalton Gang (Southern Pacific #17)

1869 - Harper's Weekly publishes 1st picture of Uncle Sam with chin whiskers

1843 - The first minstrel show in America, The Virginia Minstrels, opened at the Bowery Amphitheatre in New York City.


Waitangi Day (National Holiday) in New Zealand main holiday in New Zealand – also called New Zealand Day.

Sami National Day (in Finland and Scandinavia)

Feast day of the following saints in the Roman Catholic Church (per the Roman Catholic Calendar of Saints):

  • Saint Amand, Apostle of the Franks
    Saint Vedastus
    Saint Dorothea, patron saint of florists
    Saint Paul Miki
    Saint Titus
    St. Hidegund,
    St. Amand,
    Saints Mel and Melchu
    St. Guarinus of Palestrina.

Eastern Orthodox liturgics

  • Saint Bucolus of Smyrna, bishop (100)
    Saint Photius, Patriarch of Constantinople (891)
    Martyr Julian of Emesa (312)
    Martyrs Fausta, Evilasius, and Maximus, at Cyzicus (311-315)
    Martyrs Dorothy, her sisters Christina and Callista, Theopilos, and Theophilus at Caesarea in Cappadocia (288-300)
    Martyrs Martha, Mary, and their brother Lycarion, in Egypt
    Saint Barsanuphius the Great, monk of Palestine (6th century)
    Saint Dorothy of Kashin, schemanun
    Martyr Faustus of Darion, in Constantinople
    Martyr Basil of Darion, in Constantinople
    Martyr Silvanus of Darion, in Constantinople
    Saint John of Thebes, monk
    Saint James the Ascetic