Quick Hits: July 10

  • The trailer for No Man of God was released yesterday. The film portrays the interviews that took place in the 80s between Ted Bundy and FBI analyst Bill Hagmaier, who was a member of the famed Behavioral Science Unit. As a cinephile and a true crime buff, I’m pretty excited to see this one.
  • On this day in 1978, Max Robinson became the first black network news anchor when he was hired to co-host ABC World News Tonight with Frank Reynolds and Peter Jennings.
  • The Fox and the Hound and Escape from New York were both released on this day in 1981. Both films featured Kurt Russell; Russell voiced Copper the hound dog in the former movie and played the legendary Snake Plissken in the latter.
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor was born on this day in 1977. Ejiofor attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art; just three months into his studies, he was cast in his first feature film, Steven Spielberg’s Amistad. Ejiofor won a Laurence Olivier Award for a 2008 production of Othello and a BAFTA (Britain’s version of the Oscar) for 2013’s 12 Years a Slave. He has appeared in several of my favorite films of the 21st century, including Inside Man, Children of Men, American Gangster and The Martian.
  • One of my favorite celebrity couples, Emily Blunt and John Krasinski, were married on this day in 2010.
  • The Rolling Stones scored their first US #1 single with “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” on this day in 1965. It held the top spot for four weeks before it was replaced by “I’m Henry the Eighth, I Am” by Herman’s Hermits.
  • Today I learned that Ronnie James Dio was born Ronald James Padavona. Today I also learned that Dio’s first band (originally named the Vegas Kings, then Ronnie and the Redcaps, and ultimately Ronnie and the Prophets) was a doo-wop/surf rock outfit who sang songs with titles like “10 Days with Brenda”. The Prophets ultimately morphed into Dio’s first hard rock outfit, Elf. A heavy metal icon, Dio fronted three key bands of the 70s and 80s – Rainbow, Black Sabbath (following Ozzy Osbourne’s departure from the group in 1979) and finally, Dio. Ronnie James Dio died in 2010 after a year-long bout with stomach cancer; today would have been his 79th birthday.

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