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Sunday
Jun182017

Today's 5: Kerry Butler, Isabella Rossellini, Waterloo, and More...

Five mood boosting assignments for you this morning. Celebrate this day (June 18th) in showbiz history with us!

2010 I Am Love and Toy Story 3 both open in US theaters. When it rains it pours sometimes with quality at the movies (sadly we also get droughts). The former, an Italian masterpiece starring Tilda Swinton as a foreign trophy wife caught up in an affair and family drama, was the Best Film of the Year (according to yours truly) and the latter a Best Picture nominee and colossal hit for Pixar. Sadly they're sullying its legacy with a sequel even though it reached such a perfect circle-of-life conclusion. Sometimes you need to let perfect things go.

In their honor today: Reminisce about your favorite scene from each. Such great great pictures, right?

More after the jump including a Broadway great and ABBA's breakout smash...

1999 Disney's Tarzan opens in theaters. We recently wrote about it in our Swing, Tarzan Swing series.

In its honor today: Call your mother. Tell her that "You'll be in your heart. Now and forever more."

1971 Kerry Butler born. She's one of Broadway's best but most weirdly underutilized. If you've been lucky enough to see her as Penny Pingleton in Hairspray, Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors, the Amy Adams role in the musical adaptation of Catch Me If You Can or especially for her hilarious Tony nominated role as Kira in Xanadu you'll already be in love with her.

In her honor today: get lost in YouTube or Spotify clips of her work and pray that she gets another big Broadway gig soon. Seriously, WHAT is the hold up with a new show? She's one of music theater's best.

1952 Isabella Rossellini born. Her mother, Ingrid Bergman, was one of the greatest movie stars of all time. She wisely never tried to be her but has proved her own unique essential showbiz creature with an eclectic filmography, game performances, amusing collaborations (she's in Madonna's "Sex" book), memorable romances (David Lynch) and odd side projects like "Green Porno" investigating the sex lives of animals.

In her honor today: Imagine the mating rituals of weird sea creatures, insects, or even David Lynch & Isabella Rossellini herself back in the day.

1815 Napoleon loses the Battle of Waterloo. One hundred and fifty-nine years later ABBA writes a glorious pop song about it that wins Eurovision in 1974, launching them to international superstardom.

My, my, at Waterloo Napoleon did surrender
Oh yeah, and I have met my destiny in quite a similar way

In honor of this day: Take your most bitter recent defeat and reimagine it as a glorious uptempo tune. Feel better instantly!

Other Anniversaries
ACTORS BORN ON THIS DAY: "Biograph Blonde" Blanche Sweet (1896-1986), Jeanette MacDonald (1903-1965), Carol Kane (1952), Kim Dickens (1965), Richard Madden (1986), Niels Schneider (1987), Max Record (1997); OTHER LUMINARIES BORN TODAY: Critic Roger Ebert (1942-2013), Beatle Paul McCartney (1942), 007 Producer Barbara Broccoli (1960), Singer Alison Moyet (1961), Director Rick Famuyiwa (1973); MOVIES RELEASED: I'll Take Sweden (1965), The Panic in Needle Park (1971), Annie (1982), Firefox (1982), Author! Author! (1982), The Last Action Hero (1993), An Ideal Husband (1999), The General's Daughter (1999), Jonah Hex (2010), Cyrus (2010), 

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Who took this picture of Rossellini? It's awesome.

June 18, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMarek

I think my favorite Isabella Rossellini project is "The Saddest Music in the World," wherein she has glass legs filled with beer.

I was really wary of Toy Story 3, but it turned out great, so I can't immediately write off the fourth entry.

June 18, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterCash

'I Am Love' *is* love. That ending...wowza. (Lo sono l'amore!)

It's always funny to me which random celebrities are born on the exact same date. Isabella Rossellini and Carol Kane? OK! Roger Ebert and Paul McCartney? Sure, why not!

June 18, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMareko

Isabella is such a great Dame!

I Am Love is sooooo great! More of this mister Luca

June 18, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterManuel

I am Love: I adore every single scene of people eating stuff!

Toy Story: that bear! Best Pixar Villain ever.

Waterloo is going to be in my memory forever because of Mad Men. It's the name of the episode where Bert dies, the man walk on moon, Peggy has her best pitch and a musical number lets Don devastated!

Best Mad Men episode ever?

June 18, 2017 | Unregistered Commentercal roth

Rossellini was also with Scorsese.

June 18, 2017 | Unregistered Commenter/3rtful

I Am Love was my least favourite film of 2010, but the ending is certainly memorable.

Toy Story 3: Again, gotta go with the ending

June 18, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterArkaan

And I Am Love has the supreme luck of roping contemporary composer non pareil John Adams to use his 'greatest hits' to score the film -- I Am Love is perfection in every way.

June 19, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterOwl

Has anyone seen Rossellini in "Cousins" with Ted Danson? A romantic comedy/drama starring the two of them shouldn't work on paper but it's actually quite good, if I remember correctly.

June 19, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDJDeeJay

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