If you’re wondering why Google is featuring Gumby on its homepage today, look no further. Today would have been the 90th birthday of Gumby creator Art Clokey. The interactive stop motion homepage doodle features the best-known characters from Clokey’s creation, which has lived in pop culture for more than five decades. “Art Clokey was an innovator in the field of animation and also a compassionate, inspiring artist,” said Google doodler Sophia Foster-Dimino. “We were excited to work with the incredibly talented animator Anthony Scott to produce this doodle, and we hope that it brightens your day!”
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As any woman in her mid-to-late twenties can attest, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, or JTT as he was known around the Teen Bop/Bop/Tiger Beat/Tiger Bop/Tiger Teens Beep Bop Ba Doop community, was a big deal growing up. You were either so entirely obsessed with the Home Improvement dreamboat that it was hard to tell where the JTT posters hanging in your bedroom ended and your actual wall paper began, or you had a best friend who did. (I was of the latter category. And as a true testament to how much I love my best friend, I actually accompanied her to see Wild America and Man of the House at the movies. After our parents dropped us off, of course.) READ FULL STORY
Even though Courtney Stodden should be the one getting presents for this, her 17th birthday, the actress/model/fodder for The Soup got us all something instead: The gift of perpetually creeping us out! Yes, actor Doug Hutchsinon’s teen bride turned one year older today. And as she proved from her Twitter page is all the wiser: “Celebrating the last night of being sweet-n-sexy 16 by wearing NOTHING but my tasty bday-suit! Mmm; Yummy! ; -)” (If your reaction to reading that sounded something like this, you are correct.)
If that weren’t enough to prompt you to make bizarre, uncomfortable faces, read what Stodden’s mother Krista, who has been supportive of her daughter’s relationship to the Lost star who is now only 34 years her senior, told E! News about her little girl’s birthday plans. “Courtney and Doug were planning on going to Disneyland,” she said, adding, “It’s funny they call her the child bride, but she does love going to Disneyland.” Sure, let’s go with “funny” as the word you were looking for. READ FULL STORY
For those lucky few who had the opportunity to watch River Phoenix’s film career blossom right in front of their eyes, there’s no doubt it’s the sort of bragging rights they wish they didn’t have. Because for all those who had the chance to experience the young actor’s star-making turns in films like Running on Empty, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, My Own Private Idaho, and of course, Stand By Me, they also had to watch it all come to a sudden end when Phoenix, the eldest brother of Joaquin, passed away at the age of 23 from a drug overdose on October 31, 1993.
Today, August 23, marks what would have been Phoenix’s 41st birthday, and much like the tragic legacy of fallen stars like Heath Ledger and James Dean, he left us far too soon, with a looming, overwhelming sense of what could have been. READ FULL STORY
Lucille Ball would’ve turned 100 today, almost sixty years after I Love Lucy started cracking up TV viewers and never stopped. There isn’t much new to be said about Ball’s legacy: How she defined the modern sitcom, how she paved the way for every female comedy legend — from Mary Tyler Moore to Roseanne to Tina Fey — who came after her, how her show’s popularity has outlasted all its 1950s rivals (Gunsmoke, The Honeymooners) and is still a daytime TV staple around the world.
Instead, let’s let Lucy do the talking. READ FULL STORY
Happy Birthday Sandra Bullock! In your honor, we'll get sucked into 'The Proposal' every time it's on cable!
It’s hard to believe that Sandra Bullock is 47 today, isn’t it, PopWatchers? Never mind the fact that the gracious Oscar/Razzie winner has never looked better, but it seems like just yesterday — 1994, to be exact — that we met a talented up-and-comer with a knack for driving bomb-laden buses to safety. (Her only victim: Cans. They were just cans.)
So what better way to celebrate the star, who only seems to be getting better with age, than with a Sandra Bullock marathon? Lucky for us, at any give moment, While You Were Sleeping, Two Weeks Notice, The Proposal, or Miss Congeniality is on cable and we have zero qualms about watching them for the 139th time each. While the Internet (as seen in your 1995 classic The Net) has been happy to point out today that you’ve received something of a karmic birthday bonus, we just hope you have a nice day filled with well wishes, birthday cards (especially if they came from a magic, time-traveling mail box), and quality time with your insanely cute son.
Happy Birthday, Sandra Bullock!
What’s your favorite Sandra Bullock role, PopWatchers?
On this day in 1936, a star was born. Over the past 75 years, it seems there have been very few areas in which Kris Kristofferson hasn’t excelled.
Born in Brownsville, Texas, to a major general in the U.S. Air Force father, as a teen, he tore up the field at rugby, football, and track. He graduated from Pomona College a member of Phi Beta Kappa and became a Rhodes Scholar. His travels actually led to his singing career, when he decided to make a go of songwriting while studying at Oxford.
His family ultimately pressured him to give up music to join the military, but it was a fortunate change, because the flight training he received in the military eventually scored him a chance to shock an icon into listening to his songs. As the story goes, Kristofferson (who was working as a janitor for Nashville’s Columbia Studios — street cred!) flew a helicopter into Johnny Cash’s yard and presented the Man in Black with a few of his songs. That kind of moxy makes Kristofferson the icon he has become over the years. READ FULL STORY
Yes, just typing that headline made me want to build a time machine out of a DeLorean and shave a decade or so off my own age. But I also feel hopeful, because Michael J. Fox is as completely awesome and lovable today as when we first fell for him as Family Ties‘ Alex P. Keaton — just check out his fantastic turns on The Good Wife, or Rescue Me, or later this summer on Curb Your Enthusiasm. Though it’s an extremely tough choice, my favorite Michael J. Fox role has always been Ben Stone in the not-on-cable-enough 1991 comedy Doc Hollywood. That said, Alex P. Keaton will always remain the only Republican I could ever love. Check out some classic MJF moments after the jump. READ FULL STORY
“I love that people can’t place me. They don’t know my name. That’s ‘mission accomplished’ in my world.” — John C. Reilly
Today may as well be National Character Actor Day. Reilly was born on this day in 1965, while across the pond, the Brits are celebrating the talent of Jim Broadbent, who was born May 24, 1949. They might lack the name recognition of brighter stars, but it’s their unmistakable mugs that instill an authentic Everyman quality into their eclectic collection of supporting characters. Broadbent is a legendary chameleon, slipping from Harry Potter to British period indie to Bridget Jones, and he even has an Oscar, for Iris. READ FULL STORY
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