Birthday

Pictures of Robert Smith Looking Happy

The Cure’s Robert Smith has expressed his disdain for the “goth” label, but the black-clad singer has remained an icon of gloom despite his protests. “I’ve always spent more time with a smile on my face than not, but the thing is, I don’t write about it,” he once insisted. You’d never know it by listening to his music. The Cure’s catalogue has been dominated by wistful, lonely, somber themes since the band emerged in the early ’80s. The mopey singer’s manic, perky side has revealed itself occasionally, but Smith has often failed to hide his ever-present sarcasm behind his smile — even when it came to upbeat songs like “Let’s Go to Bed,” a calculated mockery of pop music. … Read More

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A Crash Course in Lon Chaney, “The Man of a Thousand Faces”

Today would have been Lon Chaney’s 130th birthday (he died relatively young, of lung cancer, in 1930). Despite having been in approximately 160 silent films and earning a reputation as “The Man of a Thousand Faces,” a nickname that was memorialized as the title of a 1957 Chaney biopic, his groundbreaking work in character acting grows more obscure with each passing year. … Read More

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A Crash Course in the Early Films of David Cronenberg

Today marks the 70th birthday of David Cronenberg, the Canadian filmmaker J. Hoberman once called “the most audacious and challenging narrative director in the English-speaking world.” While the 21st century has found him moving closer to the mainstream with such films as A History of Violence and Eastern Promises, he is better known to generations of cultish fans as a founding father of the “body horror” genre, exploring the fear people have of uncontrolled physical changes in their body and eventually expanding the idea to fit into his psychological thrillers and sexually charged dramas. Below, for those who remain unfamiliar with the first few decades of his work, we’ve put together a crash course in early Cronenberg. … Read More

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Rare Photos of Pee-wee Herman Looking Serious

Happy birthday, Paul Reubens! On this day, good ol’ Pee-wee Herman turns 60. Can you believe it? Sixty! To honor this once-in-Pee-wee’s-lifetime occasion, we should all blast this song, find one of these to stand on, and proceed to dance like this. Got it? Good. Or, if your busy grownup Monday won’t lend time for such shenanigans, go ahead and whip up some ice cream soup and watch Pee-wee’s Big Adventure (which is pretty much the best movie ever). Or, if you don’t even have time to watch Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, just click through our handy Pee-wee birthday photo gallery, where you’ll find 15 records of Pee-wee Herman looking serious. Why? Well — why not?… Read More

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Happy Birthday, Steve Carell: 25 Lessons in Office Etiquette from Michael Scott

It’s Steve Carell’s birthday, folks! Oh, and not just any birthday — it’s his big ol’ 50th birthday. Can you believe it? It feels like just yesterday that a 42-year-old Carell was gracing our screen as the “World’s Best Boss” for the very first time. How will you fill this wonderful day? With Hooters? MacGruber costumes? Insults directed at all the world’s “Tobys”? Sure, we could use this day to crack “50-Year-Old Virgin” jokes, but instead, we’ll celebrate Steve Carell as Michael Scott — because, well, we really miss him. So, after the jump, we’ve gathered 25 of Michael Scott’s wisest lessons in management and office etiquette. Remember his fake book, The Fundamentals of Business by Michael Scott, which sold “over one billion” copies? Consider this your very own copy. Enjoy! … Read More

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Time Travel and Mayhem: A Literary Tour of H.G. Wells’ Stories

Herbert George Wells has been referred to as “The Father of Science Fiction,” although his mid to late period novels were all tales of suffering suffragists and sad arsonists. He was born on September 21st, 1866, the same year that transatlantic telegraphs were possible, and much of his childhood was spent reading library books and daydreaming. To celebrate his birthday, we’ve decided to compile a list of our favorite science fiction novels, philosophical treatises, and novellas by the esteemed author. As always, let us know in the comments section which sci-fi stories changed your view of the world. … Read More

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82 Things You Didn’t Know About Andy Warhol

Eighty-two years ago today, Andy Warhol was born Andrew Warhola in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. While the pop-art icon passed away in 1987, his legacy is still going strong. We’re toasting to Warhol’s memory with highlights from The Andy Warhol Museum‘s official chronology, as well as Warhol’s own writings. As the artist himself once wrote in The Philosophy of Andy Warhol, “Being born is like being kidnapped. And then sold into slavery.” We couldn’t agree more. … Read More

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