Happy Star Wars Day, once again! May the force be with all of you today.
Spider-Man premiered twenty years ago today. Starring Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker, Kirsten Dunst as Mary Jane Watson and Willem Dafoe as Norman Osborn AKA Green Goblin, Spider-Man was the result of Marvel’s twenty-year journey to bring their flagship character to the big screen (a 1985 version might have starred Tom Cruise). Spider-Man broke box office records (it was the first film to earn $100 million in a weekend) and was the third biggest film of the year, after The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. It also earned two Oscar nominations, for Best Sound and Best Visual Effects.
The teaser trailer for Weird: The Al Yankovic Story was released yesterday. Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Weird will debut this fall on the Roku Channel.
The first Grammy Awards were held on this day in 1959. Henry Mancini earned the Album of the Year award for The Music from Peter Gunn, the soundtrack to the television series of the same name, and Bobby Darin won Best New Artist.
Gaslight was released on this day in 1944. Directed by George Cukor and starring Charles Boyer and Ingrid Bergman, Gaslight also featured an eighteen-year-old Angela Lansbury in her film debut. Gaslight was a commercial and critical success, receiving seven nominations at the 17th Academy Awards and winning two Oscars, Best Actress for Bergman and Best Art Direction.
Seven Beauties was released on this day in 1975. The film’s director, Lina Wertmüller, went on to become the first woman nominated for a Best Director Oscar.
Moe Howard (born Moses Horwitz) died of lung cancer on this day in 1975.
Nickolas Ashford was born on this day in 1941. Ashford and his wife Valerie Simpson joined Motown as songwriters in 1966; the two penned some of the label’s most iconic songs, including “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”, “You’re All I Need to Get By” and “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing”. As performers, Ashford & Simpson had their greatest success in 1984 with the release of their album, Solid. The title track was their biggest hit, reaching #12 on the Billboard Hot 100. Ashford died of throat cancer on August 22, 2011.
Green Day’s Mike Dirnt is celebrating his 50th birthday today!
And finally, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced the inductees for the Class of ’22: